Finding evidence for youth mental health and related issues

This headspace section on 'what works' and Evidence Maps contains lots of information, but if you are looking for further sources of evidence you could try some of the following resources and websites.

Databases of systematic reviews and intervention studies across different topics

An online registry of quality-appraised systematic reviews on the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions (including mental health prevention and treatment, substance use, sexual health and parenting). Searchable by age and setting. A Canadian program, based at McMaster University.

Campbell Collaboration

Systematic reviews of the effects of interventions in the social, behavioural, criminal and educational topics prepared by an international network of policymakers, researchers, practitioners and consumers.

The Cochrane Library

Contains high quality systematic reviews of interventions across health, mental health, health services and public health. Also contains a register of RCTs and the DARE database of critical reviews of systematic reviews. Prepared by an international network of volunteer network of policymakers, researchers, practitioners and consumers.

Register of Reviews of Effectiveness in Health Promotion

A register of reviews in different health promotion (including mental health, sexual health, substance use and education) areas. Includes the Evidence Library, the Database of Promoting Health Effectiveness Reviews (DoPHER) and Database of Education Research. Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-coordinating Centre UK.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices

A registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions (including health promotion, treatments, school programs etc) that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers. Searchable by age and setting. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, USA.


Database of published biomedical journal articles. The 'clinical queries' and 'limits' functions allow more specific searches (eg to identify 'treatments' or a specific age range or study type). National Library of Medicine, USA.

Turning Research Into Practice (TRIP) Database

A search interface for mulitple evidence-based resources around the world.  Results are categorised into types (synopses, guidelines, etext books etc). Centre for Research Support, Wales.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

National Health and Medical Research Council Guideline Portal

The NHMRC guideline portal provides links to clinical practice guidelines produced by Australian organizations.

Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)

Large database of current American and international guidelines. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.SA.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Evidence based guidelines, including several mental health guidelines. United Kingdom.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)

SIGN evidence based guidelines, including several mental health guidelines. United Kingdom.

CMA InfoBase

Canadian Medical Association database of Canadian guidelines.

Please note

These sites are all freely available and most will provide an abstract or summary, but you may need to search online (e.g. by article name) or have a university or hospital library access for further full text.

This is a selection of evidence & information sources. If you think we've missed an important source of information let us know at via email