News & Events

08 January 2020

WP3 Statistical Analysis Plan - Now available for download!

The MILESTONE statistical analysis plan (SAP) of WP3 is now available for download. The SAP covers the details of the statistical analyses that address all MILESTONE aims and objectives.

The first aim of MILESTONE was to describe the mental health of young people reaching the transition boundary of their child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) as an indication of their need for continued mental health care. The second aim was to describe young people’s transition trajectories and to determine how these trajectories relate to mental health outcomes. The third aim was to investigate young people’s experiences with the transition to adult mental health services (AMHS).

Additional research questions might be formulated in the future with regard to specific populations that are not within the scope of Work Package 3 deliverables and this statistical analysis plan. 


London, UK



16 December 2019

"Lost In Transit" - Video

The MILESTONE team worked with STAMP, a UK film company specialising in turning research findings into accessible film and drama pieces, to develop a short film that examines the challenges of good transitional mental health care.

With real-life experiences of young people weaved throughout, the film presents the perspectives of young people, their parents and carers and the health professionals working with them. 


London, UK



25-26 September 2019

Final "MILES TO GO" events

Two separate events: The first one for young people (25 Sept)
& the second one for clinicians (26 Sept)!

Belgian consortium partners organize their own, local "MILES TO GO" events at the end of September to share the results and insights from MILESTONE with as many stakeholders as possible. 

1) Info brochure about the dissemination event for the general public, young people, their parents, siblings and friends which will take place on Wednesday, September 25th 2019.

2) Programme of the congress for clinicians, medical experts and professionals that will take place on Thursday, September 26th 2019.

Both events will take place at the Congrescentrum at UPC Kortenberg in Belgium. If you have any questions beforehand, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See you there!

UPC Kortenberg, Belgium



23 September 2019

"I am the loneliness of 4 am" - Video

Poetry is a powerful medium for expressing difficult and complex feelings and in this short film, the MILESTONE team, assisted by a professional poet, created a poem that captures the fears and sense of isolation that young people can experience when faced with making the transition from one mental health service to another. 

The poem is accompanied by a number of MILESTONE’s researchers and Young Project Advisors presenting young people’s experiences of transition and key recommendations for improving transition. 


London, UK



15 Juli 2019

Final Project Summary Report

(by the MILESTONE consortium)

If you are interested in the study details, key results and overall conclusions of the 5-year-long pan-European research project, click here to read in and find out! The project final report is not only an official requirement by the European Commission, but mainly intended to address and inform the general public about the longitudinal studies performed by the MILESTONE consortium, major outcomes of these studies, and their wider societal implications.

The motivation and goal has always been, and will be in the coming years as well, to improve the care for young people transitioning from child to adult mental healthcare, and to initiate true, effective and Europe-wide change in that regard. We cordially thank all study participants, all professionals, and especially our Young Project Advisors for their efforts and spirit!



The MILESTONE consortium (EU)



10 May 2019

"Crossing the Canyon: Transition" - Video by our Young Project Advisors

Recently, the MILESTONE project hast come to an end, and our very active Young Project Advisors have produced a fabulous conclusion video about what the key issues in transitioning from youth to adult mental health care are from THEIR perspective, including their experiences of being involved in the MILESTONE research study. 

Please like, spread the word & share!

"No, I wasn't happy with my transition experience. I had to take control and fight for care. It was lonely, frustrating, and a very long process." one MILESTONE study participant opens up about her own difficult transitioning experience. That needs to change. MILESTONE's findings should assist policymakers in making informed decisions that will improve youth mental health, their quality of life, and increase the overall cost-effectiveness at individual and population levels.


London, UK



2 May 2019

MILESTONE in The Guardian!

Britain has 9.4 specialist inpatient beds per 100,000 young people for those who are suffering from conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. That places it 18th in a league table of the 28 EU countries, researchers say. Click here to read the full article.

London, UK




1 May 2019


Huffington Post coverage of MILESTONE:

“With around a tenth of young people likely to experience mental health issues, it’s a matter of concern that the approach to child mental health varies so dramatically across Europe,” says Warwick Medical School’s Prof. Swaran Singh, who led the MILESTONE project. “Our youth deserve better mental health care than they currently receive!” Read more.


London, UK




30 April 2019



The "MILES TO GO" event took place on April 29th 2019 from 9 am - 5 pm. Thanks to all who contributed, participated, and presented their data and the most pressing issues regarding the transition from to child to adult mental health care! The programme included talks on the key results of the MILESTONE project, a movie, and lots of time for interaction with and questions from the public.


Westminster, London, UK




 16 - 18 Jan 2019


Final General Assembly Meeting

The project coordinator and manager welcomed the entire consortium at the final GA Meeting in beautiful Venice, Italy. It was fantastic to see and hear about all the achievements of the project throughout the past years!


Venice, Italy




October 2018


WP4 - Trial Statistical Plan (SAP) ready!
For more information please click here.


The MILESTONE consortium (EU) 



9 October 2018


BBC coverage - "Mental illness: Why help ends at a milestone birthday" by Helena Tuomainen


The University of Warwick 




19 - 21 Sept 2018


10th Steering Committee Meeting



Wiesbaden, Germany




Summer 2018


MILESTONE Team - Winner of "Highly Commended" University Award!

Congratulations!! The University of Warwick (UoW) conferred the "Highly Commended" Public Engagement Award to the MILESTONE project team.  The certificate states that "MILESTONE [...] has been working closely with young people going through this transition to build up their skills and confidence to talk about the service they have received, and been using the voice of the young people to help raise awareness of the issues young people face around Mental Health care. MILESTONE has also encouraged research assistants to get involved in all elements of public engagement, helping them to learn new skills and gain experience. The MILESTONE team has presented at the Public Engagement Network conference, and have signed up to the Pint of Science festival in May. They have welcomed and embraced public engagement with the project, and have been a pleasure to work with."



MILESTONE project team 




May 2018


Pint of Science Festival

Mental Health and me: "Falling through the cracks in mental health care!" - Rebecca Appleton, Research Assistant at Warwick Medical School, UK, about her own experience during the Pint of Science event.


Warwick Medical School, UK




6 - 8 February 2018


5thGeneral Assembly Meeting



Rotterdam, The Netherlands




20-22 Sept 2017


8th Steering Committee Meeting 


Ghent, Belgium



8 - 10 Feb 2017


4th General Assembly and 7th Steering Committee Meeting


Warwick, United Kingdom



21 -23 Sept 2016


6th Steering Committee Meeting 



Rotterdam, The Netherlands




July 2016



Thoughts on the importance of keeping NICE guidance clear and unambiguous (by Swaran Singh, Professor of Psychiatry) 

Ensuring NICE guidance is plain, clear, and easy to understand






July 2016


ZEIT ONLINE on mental healthcare during adolescence and the MILESTONE project (article in German):

Borderline, Schizophrenie, ADHS – schon Jugendliche haben häufig psychische Probleme. Sie brauchen spezielle Therapien. Doch an diesen mangelt es, kritisieren Psychiater.

Spitzname Psycho






June 2016


MILESTONE wins Service User Involvement Award 

The MILESTONE project won this year’s joint MQ & CRN Mental Health Service User Involvement Award. The award recognises the invaluable contribution of the MILESTONE Young Project Advisors, Leanne, Amanda, Charlotte, Jude and Anna, who have played a crucial role in informing the project design and the day-to-day running of the study. MQ is a charity working to transform mental health through research. CEO of MQ, Cynthia Joyce, and representatives from the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN), Jozella Mearhart and Carly Craddock, organised a celebratory lunch at the Studio in Birmingham on 16th June attended by Chief Investigator Swaran Singh, members of the MILESTONE team and Young Project Advisers Leanne and Amanda. 







27-30 June 2016


Royal College of Psychiatrists - International Congress 2016

Transition across Europe: Mapping current structures, policies and practices in over 20 European countries in the MILESTONE study

Dr. Giovanni de Girolamo, Head of Epidemiological Psychiatry, St John of God Clinical Research Centre, Brescia, Italy


London, UK




May 2016


MILESTONE researchers meet Luciana Berger

Luciana is the Shadow Minister for Mental Health, and met with the students to discuss the issues around transition from CAMHS services in the UK. She is keen to support initiatives that address mental health issues in the UK, such as the gap between services for young people and adults. On photo from left to right: Ms Priya Tah (Research Associate, University of Warwick), Dr Cathy Street (Service user consultant MILESTONE), Luciana Berger, Amanda Tuffrey (Young Project Advisor MILESTONE), Dr Paramala Santosh (King's  College London)







April 2016


VIDEO: Professor Patrick McGorry on transition to adulthood and access to effective mental health care

Professor Patrick McGorry (Australia) is a MILESTONE SCEAB member, and he takes an activist point of view on the access of young people to mental health services in an exclusive interview for "ESCAP Online". In his opinion, “a massive double standard between mental illness and somatic illness” exists. Specifically in their transition from youth to adulthood, adolescents with mental health problems often meet the healthcare system at its weakest. Professor McGorry also presented a keynote lecture at the ESCAP 2017 Geneva Congress. 

Read the Patrick McGorry Interview






12-15 March 2016


24th European Congress of Psychiatry

Chair: Swaran P. Singh, Speakers: Giovanni de Girolamo, Swaran Singh, Fiona McNicholas, Parmala Santosh

Workshop: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Europe: The Current Scenario and the Future Prospects


Madrid, Spain 




Feb 2016


NICE Guidance

Transition from children's to adults' services for young people using health or social care services






Feb 2016


VIDEO: What is psychosis? 

Find out about the much stigmatised condition from two professional psychiatrists: Professor Swaran Singh (Warwick University) and Dr. Matthew Broome.


Santé Théâtre Warwick




Feb 2016


Santé Théâtre Warwick



17-19 Feb 2016


3rd General Assembly and 5th Steering Committee Meeting


Dublin, Ireland 



21-23 Sept 2015


4th Steering Committee Meeting


Split, Croatia 



Nov 2015


4th Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards 2015

Paramala Santosh's clinical team (KCL) won the Royal College of Psychiatrists "Team of the Year Award 2015 - children and adolescents"

Read more







4-6 Feb 2015


2nd General Assembly and 3rd Steering Committee Meeting


Brussels, Belgium



16-18 Dec 2014


San Servolo, Italy 




13-14 Sept 2014


2nd Steering Committee Meeting


Madrid, Spain 



12-13 Sept 2014


Consultation Meeting WP1


Madrid, Spain 



16 June 2014


For a transition without breakdown


Montpellier, France 



5-7 Feb 2014


MILESTONE Kick-off Meeting 



Windsor, United Kingdom