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Identifying Depression in Early Adolescence (IDEA)

The IDEA Project is a new study funded by MQ: Transforming Mental Health and based at King's College London aiming to gather opinions from a variety of different people about the early identification and prevention of adolescent depression in the UK.

As part of this, we want to invite parents and caregivers of teenagers (aged 12-16) both with and without depression to take part in a small focus group discussion at Waterloo, South East London. The focus groups will last for approximately 2 hours and refreshments will be provided. We are hoping to hold them over February and March, at a variety of times during the day, which can be flexible depending on your availability. 


We are looking for:

Participants, who are:

  • aged 20-65 years old
  • currently the parent or primary caregiver of adolescents aged 12-16 years old
  • able to read and speak English
  • can travel to Waterloo, London


  • London


Participants will receive a voucher worth approximately £30 to reimburse them for their travel expenses and time.

Refreshments (such as tea, coffee, snacks) will also be provided during the focus group.

Contact information:

For further information regarding this study, please visit its profile page on the MQ: Transforming Mental Health website here.

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to take part, please email Abigail Burgess at

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