News & Events

25-26 September 2019


Two separate events: The first one for young people (25 Sept)
& the second one for clinicians (26 Sept)!

Belgian consortium partners organize their own, local "MILES TO GO" events at the end of September to share the results and insights from MILESTONE with as many stakeholders as possible. To get an idea about the scope of the MILESTONE project, its key results, and the final dissemination events with the motto "MILES TO GO", please watch the brand new video „Lost in transit at 4.00 am.

1) Info brochure about the dissemination event for the general public, young people, their parents, siblings and friends which will take place on Wednesday, September 25th 2019.

2) Programme of the congress for clinicians, medical experts and professionals that will take place on Thursday, September 26th 2019.

Both events will take place at the Congrescentrum at UPC Kortenberg in Belgium. If you have any questions beforehand, please contact Ova e-mail adresa je zaštićena od spambota. Potrebno je omogućiti JavaScript da je vidite. or Ova e-mail adresa je zaštićena od spambota. Potrebno je omogućiti JavaScript da je vidite.. See you there!



UPC Kortenberg, Belgium





15 Juli 2019

Final Project Summary Report

(by the MILESTONE consortium)

If you are interested in the study details, key results and overall conclusions of the 5-year-long pan-European research project, click here to read in and find out! The project final report is not only an official requirement by the European Commission, but mainly intended to address and inform the general public about the longitudinal studies performed by the MILESTONE consortium, major outcomes of these studies, and their wider societal implications.

The motivation and goal has always been, and will be in the coming years as well, to improve the care for young people transitioning from child to adult mental healthcare, and to initiate true, effective and Europe-wide change in that regard. We cordially thank all study participants, all professionals, and especially our Young Project Advisors for their efforts and spirit!



The MILESTONE consortium (EU)





10 May 2019

Fantastic VIDEO by our Young Project Advisors!

Recently, the MILESTONE project hast come to an end, and our very active Young Project Advisors have produced a fabulous conclusion video about what the key issues in transitioning from youth to adult mental health care are from THEIR perspective. Please like, spread the word & share!


London, UK





2 May 2019

MILESTONE in The Guardian!

Britain has 9.4 specialist inpatient beds per 100,000 young people for those who are suffering from conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. That places it 18th in a league table of the 28 EU countries, researchers say. Click here to read the full article.

London, UK





1 May 2019


Huffington Post coverage of MILESTONE:

“With around a tenth of young people likely to experience mental health issues, it’s a matter of concern that the approach to child mental health varies so dramatically across Europe,” says Warwick Medical School’s Prof. Swaran Singh, who led the MILESTONE project. “Our youth deserve better mental health care than they currently receive!” Read more.


London, UK



30 April 2019



The "MILES TO GO" event took place on April 29th 2019 from 9 am - 5 pm. Thanks to all who contributed, participated, and presented their data and the most pressing issues regarding the transition from to child to adult mental health care! The programme included talks on the key results of the MILESTONE project, a movie, and lots of time for interaction with and questions from the public.


Westminster, London, UK





 16 - 18 Jan 2019


Final General Assembly Meeting

The project coordinator and manager welcomed the entire consortium at the final GA Meeting in beautiful Venice, Italy. It was fantastic to see and hear about all the achievements of the project throughout the past years!


Venice, Italy



October 2018


WP4 - Trial Statistical Plan (SAP) ready!
For more information please click here.



9 October 2018


BBC coverage - "Mental illness: Why help ends at a milestone birthday", by Helena Tuomainen (The University of Warwick)




19 - 21 Sept 2018


10th Steering Committee Meeting



Wiesbaden, Germany



Summer 2018


MILESTONE Team - Winner of "Highly Commended" University Award!



Congratulations!! The University of Warwick (UoW) conferred the "Highly Commended" Public Engagement Award to the MILESTONE project team.  The certificate states that "MILESTONE [...] has been working closely with young people going through this transition to build up their skills and confidence to talk about the service they have received, and been using the voice of the young people to help raise awareness of the issues young people face around Mental Health care. MILESTONE has also encouraged research assistants to get involved in all elements of public engagement, helping them to learn new skills and gain experience. The MILESTONE team has presented at the Public Engagement Network conference, and have signed up to the Pint of Science festival in May. They have welcomed and embraced public engagement with the project, and have been a pleasure to work with."


May 2018


Pint of Science Festival

Mental Health and me: "Falling through the cracks in mental health care!" - Rebecca Appleton, Research Assistant at Warwick Medical School, UK, about her own experience during the Pint of Science event.


Warwick Medical School, UK



6 - 8 February 2018


5thGeneral Assembly Meeting



Rotterdam, The Netherlands


20-22 Sept 2017


8th Steering Committee Meeting 


Ghent, Belgium


8 - 10 Feb 2017


4th General Assembly and 7th Steering Committee Meeting


Warwick, United Kingdom


21 -23 Sept 2016

6th Steering Committee Meeting 


Rotterdam, The Netherlands


July 2016

Thoughts on the importance of keeping NICE guidance clear and unambiguous (by Swaran Singh, Professor of Psychiatry)


July 2016

ZEIT ONLINE on mental healthcare during adolescence and the MILESTONE project (article in German):

Spitzname Psycho

Borderline, Schizophrenie, ADHS – schon Jugendliche haben häufig psychische Probleme. Sie brauchen spezielle Therapien. Doch an diesen mangelt es, kritisieren Psychiater.


June 2016

MILESTONE wins Service User Involvement Award 


The MILESTONE project won this year’s joint MQ & CRN Mental Health Service User Involvement Award. The award recognises the invaluable contribution of the MILESTONE Young Project Advisors, Leanne, Amanda, Charlotte, Jude and Anna, who have played a crucial role in informing the project design and the day-to-day running of the study. MQ is a charity working to transform mental health through research. CEO of MQ, Cynthia Joyce, and representatives from the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN), Jozella Mearhart and Carly Craddock, organised a celebratory lunch at the Studio in Birmingham on 16th June attended by Chief Investigator Swaran Singh, members of the MILESTONE team and Young Project Advisers Leanne and Amanda. 


27-30 June 2016

Royal College of Psychiatrists - International Congress 2016

Transition across Europe: Mapping current structures, policies and practices in over 20 European countries in the MILESTONE study

Dr. Giovanni de Girolamo, Head of Epidemiological Psychiatry, St John of God Clinical Research Centre, Brescia, Italy


May 2016

MILESTONE researchers meet Luciana Berger


Luciana is the Shadow Minister for Mental Health, and met with the students to discuss the issues around transition from CAMHS services in the UK. She is keen to support initiatives that address mental health issues in the UK, such as the gap between services for young people and adults. On photo from left to right: Ms Priya Tah (Research Associate, University of Warwick), Dr Cathy Street (Service user consultant MILESTONE), Luciana Berger, Amanda Tuffrey (Young Project Advisor MILESTONE), Dr Paramala Santosh (King's  College London)


April 2016

Professor Patrick McGorry (Australia) is a MILESTONE SCEAB member, and he takes an activist point of view on the access of young people to mental health services in an exclusive interview for "ESCAP Online". In his opinion, “a massive double standard between mental illness and somatic illness” exists. Specifically in their transition from youth to adulthood, adolescents with mental health problems often meet the healthcare system at its weakest. Professor McGorry also presented a keynote lecture at the ESCAP 2017 Geneva Congress. 


12-15 March 2016

24th European Congress of Psychiatry - Madrid, Spain

Workshop: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Europe: The Current Scenario and the Future Prospects

Chair: Swaran P. Singh, Speakers: Giovanni de Girolamo, Swaran Singh, Fiona McNicholas, Parmala Santosh



Feb 2016

Transition from children's to adults' services for young people using health or social care services

Feb 2016

VIDEO: What is psychosis? 

Santé Théâtre Warwick

Find out about the much stigmatised condition from two professional psychiatrists: Professor Swaran Singh (Warwick University) and Dr. Matthew Broome.

Feb 2016

Documentary on the making of the play CRACKED

Santé Théâtre Warwick


17-19 Feb 2016

3rd General Assembly and 5th Steering Committee Meeting

Dublin, Ireland 


21-23 Sept 2015

4th Steering Committee Meeting

Split, Croatia

Nov 2015

4th Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards 2015


Paramala Santosh's clinical team (KCL) won the Royal College of Psychiatrists "Team of the Year Award 2015 - children and adolescents"

Read more


4-6 Feb 2015

2nd General Assembly and 3rd Steering Committee Meeting

Brussels, Belgium

16-18 Dec 2014

San Servolo, Italy

13-14 Sept 2014

2nd Steering Committee Meeting

Madrid, Spain

12-13 Sept 2014

Consultation Meeting WP1

Madrid, Spain

16 June 2014

For a transition without breakdown

Montpellier, France

5-7 Feb 2014

MILESTONE Kick-off Meeting 


Windsor, United Kingdom