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Documenting mental health measures

About the research

Full project title: Maximising the take-up of mental health measures from UK cohorts and longitudinal studies

A young man sits aloneThis project aimed to improve the awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing by organising, generating and sharing information about current mental health and wellbeing measures. This project is the first to comprehensively document measures of mental health and wellbeing within the UK’s longitudinal studies.

The team carried out a mapping exercise to identify and document existing measures of mental health and wellbeing within the studies, and then shared this information publicly through an online platform. It also promoted the use of the studies’ mental health measures to researchers through a workshop and activity sessions.

The richness of measures collected by longitudinal studies offers unique opportunities to answer key research questions about mental health and wellbeing.

Professor Alison Park

Professor Louise Arseneault

Research leads

Professor Louise Arseneault (King’s College London; ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow) and Professor Alison Park (CLOSER, UCL)

Studies will include

(Plus other UK cohorts and longitudinal studies that will be surveyed)

Research outputs


  • Survey of mental health and wellbeing measures in UK cohorts and longitudinal studies;


  • Engagement activities, including workshops and drop in sessions, to share the richness and value of mental health measures in the studies;
    • Catalogue of Mental Health Measures launch event featuring talks from Prof Rebecca Hardy, Prof Louise Arseneault, Bridget Bryan, Prof George Ploubidis, and Prof Barbara Maughan)

CLOSER Webinar

Download the presentation slides [PDF]

CLOSER Seminar

Read about other CLOSER data harmonisation projects.