Listed here are highlights from the Children’s Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing monthly eBulletin which aims to provide high quality, up-to-date information on children’s psychological and emotional wellbeing and mental health. It summarises the latest additions to the Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing Knowledge Hub. You can download the PDF of the full eBulletin here.
In the news
BBC: I was told to ‘cheer up’ while battling bulimia
A report from youth charity YMCA has found that more than one in three young people with mental health issues have suffered stigma. Sitting down on a shop floor crying, Connie Free was at a low point in her battle with bulimia when a manager told her to simply “cheer up”.
Guardian: NHS figures show ‘shocking’ rise in self-harm among young
The number of children and young people self-harming has risen dramatically in the past 10 years, new NHS figures obtained by the Guardian show.
Mental Health Today: Bracknell Forest young people’s mental well-being programme: listening to young people’s voices
This article provides a short introduction and review of the early stage of a mental well-being programme that aims to encourage young people to talk about mental health.
Time to Change: Half of teenage boys don’t feel they can open up to their dads about mental health
New research shows that half (49%) of teenage boys in the UK would not feel comfortable talking to their dads about their mental health (including stress, anxiety and depression).
Guardian: Seven in 10 nurses say young people’s mental healthcare is inadequate
Seven out of 10 specialist nurses caring for the growing number of young people struggling with mental health problems believe that NHS services are insufficient.
NSPCC: Anxiety a rising concern in young people contacting Childline
NSPCC figures reveal a rise of 35% Childline counselling sessions about anxiety in the last year.
Guides and practice
A whole school framework for emotional well being and mental health: a self-assessment and improvement tool for school leaders
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has created a new toolkit for schools to help them face the issue of student mental health and wellbeing.
YMCA: I AM WHOLE
Mental health difficulties among children and young people are common and can be both persistent and damaging. This report seeks to get under the surface and understand the real experiences of those with mental health difficulties. This is done by examining the prevalence of this stigma, who is experiencing it and how they are doing so, the impact of this stigma, and the potential solutions that the young people themselves have identified.
National confidential inquiry into suicide and homicide by people with mental illness. Making mental health care safer.
This annual report and 20-year review of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness presents findings from 2004 to 2014, and reviews 20 years of data collection. It provides the latest figures on suicide, homicide and sudden unexplained deaths and highlights the priorities for safer services
Mental Elf: Time to stop prescribing antidepressants to young people with depression?
This blog post considers the implications of a recent network meta-analysis of the efficacy and tolerability of antidepressants for children and adolescents with depression.
Is mental health crisis care in crisis?
This briefing from the Mental Health Network of the NHS Confederation explores the gap between the policy rhetoric around mental health crisis care and reporting on the ground.
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Suicide in elementary school-aged children and early adolescents
The objectives of this study were to describe characteristics and precipitating circumstances of suicide in elementary school–aged children relative to early adolescent decedents and identify potential within-group racial differences. The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) surveillance data capturing suicide deaths from 2003 to 2012 for 17 US states was analysed.
“Housing first” for homeless youth with mental illness
This research evaluates the effect of “Housing First” on housing stability in homeless youth aged 18 to 24 years participating in a 24-month randomized trial of “Housing First” in 5 Canadian cities.
The aim of this study was to investigate trends in suicide and accidental deaths in adolescents between 1972 and 2011.