The CopeWell Study
The CopeWell Study is a collaboration between University College London (UCL) and London-based Jamal Edwards Delve (JEDelve) charity. We want to learn from, and provide mental health and life-skills support to young people from the Black, Asian, Minority, Ethic (BAME) community. Through co-produced workshops with BAME young people, researchers hope to document and co-create effective resources to ‘cope’ better as the pandemic unfolds. The ultimate goal being, to share our knowledge with the wider BAME community and inform education and public policy.
This space chronicles the JEDelve-UCL team’s journey towards a better understanding of BAME young people’s past and current experiences of the COVID pandemic, in order to inform mental health support. We aim to amplify young people’s voices through creative means and co-produce resources to help other young people in this community.
Research assistants Romane, Ella, and Jaimie made their first visits to JEDelve to speak with the young people aged 12-15 years old.
The research team led a focus group with the young people in which we discussed themes for future workshops.
2 March 2022
The young people and staff from JEDelve visit UCL for the first time to explore what life at university might look like and how to access one.
16 March 2022
BBC journalists visit the young people at JEDelve to discuss the power of storytelling.
4 May 2022
Dr Amy Harrison and Denise Sanderson-Estcourt visit the young people at JEDelve to reflect on body image and how to combat negative thoughts about one’s body.
31 May 2022
The young people at JEDelve come back to UCL to attend Dr Panos Rentzelas’ session on individual and group identities.
31 May 2022
The final workshop in UCL is a collective art session designed by Arts for Mental Health (ARTSMH).
6 July 2022
This study received ethical approval from the UCL Institute of Education Research Ethics Committee (REC 1558) in October 2021.
Greater disparities in health – both mentally and physically – between BAME groups and non-BAME groups have been drawn into sharp focus by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our study focuses on the good that can come out of this pandemic. The knowledge exchange partnerships, solidarity, and kind support that we can offer our local community.
– UCL CopeWell Study Team