Engaging young people in science communication about mental health during COVID-19

Signe Herbers Poulsen*, Nina Maindal, Kristian Oddershede, Mathias Sejerkilde, Stine Breiner Pedersen, Manizha Haghju, Emma Sinclair, Anne Harrits, Ulrik Bak Kirk, Jacob Sherson, Gitte Kragh

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Many young people struggle with their mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic compounded these challenges. However, young people are rarely involved in research and communication about causes and coping strategies. We used an online game as a conversation starter and co-created a list of coping strategies with young people to apply the dialogue model of science communication and facilitate social conversation about mental health during COVID-19. The young people found the involvement was valuable as it led to self-reflection, social reflection with peers and an experience of recognition and contribution. We discuss challenges and urge researchers to explore ways for open dialogue and co-creation as strategic and contributing parts of the research process.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Science Communication
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2024


  • Public engagement
  • Health communication
  • Science communication
  • Citizen science


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