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Publications and Reports

At 42nd Street we believe in the power of learning and sharing our knowledge. On this page you’ll find a selection of research and projects that we’ve collaborated on, including reports by staff and young people.

Visible Justice

A Salford Youth Service and 42nd Street collaboration, this broad introductory guide provides productive and accessible tools for professionals of any kind to improve their LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, and other queer identities) inclusion. Covering topics from foundational terms and concepts to how to navigate complex issues.

Available to buy on our online shop or through booking LGBTQ+ training with us.

Thrive Report

This report is written by young people, with lived experience of mental health conditions, to help young people thrive in the workplace. Read the report, created by our ‘Make Our Rights Reality’ Ambassadors.

We Tell You: Perceptions

Our Manchester peer research group, We Tell You, supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, authored a research report and manifesto on black male perspectives towards mental health services. The goal is to improve understand and improve access to support. Read the report here.

We Tell You: Jewish Young People’s Peer Research Project

The aims of this research commissioned by Salford’s CAMHS Transformation Plan was to better understand the personal, social and cultural issues impacting on the mental health and wellbeing of young people within the Orthodox Jewish communities and to identify barriers and recommend approaches that are more likely to engage the communities in opportunities and services that would support their emotional health and wellbeing. The two reports are; We Tell You Jewish Young People's Peer Research Project and We Tell You Perceptions.

Loneliness Connects Us

In 2016 The Co-Op Foundation funded a major piece of research into youth loneliness, in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University. Young people from across the UK took part and we produced multiple outputs, including a theatre piece. Read the full report here www.lonelinessconnectsus.org.

Evaluation of TC42 by Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

This report looked at the democratic therapeutic community approach of TC42, and how the group can facilitate change by creating a safe space for open discussion, connecting and identifying with peers, improving understanding of responsibility and decision making and sharing experiences and advice. Read it here.

The Role Of Online And Online Peer Support For Young People Who Self-Harm: Good Practice Guide

In November 2021 we partnered with organisations across the EU to consider how internet-based services – and specifically online peer support, can meet the need for advice and support for young people who self-harm. This Good Practice Guide was the output of the two year project - the report can be downloaded here.

In and Out of Harm’s Way by Alex

“Hi, my name’s Alex. I am a fictional young person who’s been created by young people as part of a training project designed to explore issues around suicide and self-harm. Alex is a mask we can wear when we’re telling the truth, but feel ashamed to admit that these are our own individual experiences.”

Street Cred? Values and Dilemmas in Mental Health Work with Young People – Bernard Davies

In Street Cred? Bernard Davies offers a critical account of key themes in the development of 42nd Street.

Street Cred 2 – Bernard Davies

Insider perspectives of a young people’s mental health charity based in Manchester (UK) area: the ‘complexity and complication, contradictory pulls, pushes and tensions, often unnerving ebbs and flows – as these are the inescapable realities of work with young people under stress, the discussion of this work demands a sustained search for honest appraisal’.

Not Exactly Congratulations – a research publication exploring the emotional wellbeing of teenage mothers and the relevance of postnatal depression.

This research was prompted by the experience of 42nd Street working with teenage mothers experiencing mental distress and by concerns raised by the Manchester Sure Start Plus programme. The report contains practical recommendations for improved service delivery and contains learning that will be of value to both frontline workers and policy makers.

Beyond Fear and Control – working with young people who self-harm. – Eds. Helen Spandler & Sam Warner

This 42nd Street Reader is about supporting young people who self-harm as a way of coping with distress. It demonstrates why we need to give up the desire to control young people and simply stop them self-harming and why we need to start listening, supporting and empowering them to take control of their own lives.

Who’s Hurting Who? – Helen Spandler

This research report, based on intensive and often disturbingly frank individual and group interviews with young people, sets out to break down some of the barriers to understanding self-harm. It provides vivid evidence of how self-harming and attempts at suicide can have a range of functions.

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