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MST4Life™ contributes to new toolkit from UK’s leading independent voice for young people’s health

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

Research from our MST4Life™ programme on improving health and employment outcomes for homeless youth has contributed to the toolkit “Closing the employment gap for young people”, published by the Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH).


The AYPH is the UK’s leading independent voice for young people’s health. Their focus is on improving the health and wellbeing of 10-24 year olds by promoting evidence-based practice, improving access to resources and innovation, and facilitating communication between practitioners from different sectors.

Funded by Public Health England, NHS England, and the Department of Health and Social Care, the toolkit was developed to improve understanding about the link between common mental health problems and employment for 16–25 year olds. By providing guidance to those working with young people experiencing these difficulties, its’ ultimate aim is to help these young people to gain and stay in work.


The toolkit provides examples of best practice in promoting employment outcomes for young people with mental health problems, which included the My Strengths Training for Life (MST4Life™) programme with charity St Basils.

MST4Life™ improves physical, mental, and social health outcomes in homeless young people who typically experience higher rates of unemployment and mental health problems compared to their peers. Young people also developed mental skills essential for employment, education, or training (EET), and life in general. Subsequently, the long term outcomes show an increase in young people in EET and so these young people are moving towards social inclusion through taking part in MST4Life™.


The toolkit follows on from the involvement of the MST4Life™ research team in the ESRC festival of Social Sciences event last year; a public engagement event to share knowledge and promote discussion around helping young people overcome barriers to work. For a summary of this event, please see this video.

For more information about the MST4Life™ programme, navigate to the Impact page on our website, or read this case study on the Housing LIN website. Alternatively, contact us using the Contact form at the bottom of the page.

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