Funding for this research was provided by:
Medical Research Council (MC_PC_17214)
Received: 13 February 2020
Accepted: 3 July 2020
First Online: 3 September 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This paper reports a PPI project exploring the acceptability of an e-platform for monitoring mood in schools. The NIHR INVOLVE organisation advises that “members of the public actively involved in research are acting as specialist advisors, providing valuable knowledge and expertise based on their experience of a health condition or public health concern. Therefore ethical approval is not needed for the active involvement element of the research (even when people are recruited via the NHS), where people are involved in planning or advising on research, for example helping to develop a protocol, questionnaire or information sheet, being a member of an advisory group or co-applicant” [CitationRef removed]. Young people involved in the advisory group sessions were compensated for their time with high-street vouchers. In addition, mental health researchers facilitated ‘exam stress’ workshops to participating schools to encourage involvement. After initial scoping of the advisory group data, schools and individuals were provided with a lay report of findings and given an opportunity to comment on the draft report before contact with web-developers.
: Not applicable.
: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.