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.
BBC: Eating disorders: patients with ‘wrong weight’ refused care
BBC Breakfast asked all 62 mental health trusts in England and Wales if they used BMI to decide who would qualify for outpatient eating disorder services. Of the 44 trusts which responded, one-third said they did.
BBC: Body image ‘a problem for boys’, says advertising think tank
Eating disorders, dieting and extreme exercising are as much of a problem for UK secondary school boys as for girls, suggests a survey.
NSPCC: 20% rise in young people worried about exam results
The number of young people receiving counselling from Childline about their A-Level and GCSE results rose 20% this year, with 1 in 4 of all sessions being delivered in August.
Home Office: Government announces successful bids to £15 million mental health fund
Forty-one projects will benefit from a share of £15 million to improve provision of mental health places of safety, the government has announced.
Child in mind expert podcasts
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children has launched this series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems. The first episode focuses on childhood anxiety.
Can we improve parent attitudes and intentions to access computer-based therapies for their children and adolescents?
As gatekeepers, parents can improve the uptake of mental health services among youth. This article asked whether providing parents with a presentation on computer-based therapies is a feasible strategy to improve their knowledge, attitudes and uptake intentions.
Use, acceptability and impact of booklets designed to support mental health self-management and help seeking in schools: results of a large randomised controlled trial in England
Mental health booklets may provide a low-cost means of promoting mental health self-management and help seeking in schools. The aim of the study was to assess the (a) use, (b) acceptability and (c) impact of booklets for students in primary (10–11 years) and secondary school (12–13 years) alone and in conjunction with funding for targeted mental health support.
Trends in parent- and teacher-rated mental health problems among 10- and 11-year-olds in Great Britain: 1999–2012
This study examines changes in parent- and teacher-reported mental health problems among 10- and 11-year-olds in 1999, 2004 and 2012 in Great Britain.
Longitudinal associations between cyber-bullying involvement and adolescent mental health
This study examines longitudinal associations between cyber-bullying involvement and adolescent mental health.
Minority mental health 2016. Ending discrimination in mental health: turning the crisis tap off
This conference will address inequalities and discrimination in mental health. London, Thursday 13th October 2016.
This conference will feature targeted keynotes and workshops which will provide you with essential tools and techniques to ensure early identification and high-quality, in-school support. Leading experts (including Pooky) will provide you with valuable guidance and key skills to help you gain the confidence, skills and techniques to make a real difference to students affected by mental health difficulties. London, Thursday 10th November 2016.
If you’re interested in children and young people’s mental health then you’ll love all the Free Stuff that is offered by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. Pooky’s latest venture is online learning sessions about CYP mental health, which she runs every Tuesday at 6pm. You find out more on the Online Learning page or sign up directly below.