Mental health and wellbeing
Let’s get it right first time. Mental health disorders in children and young people are increasing. It is therefore important to recognise our communal responsibility to positively address their psychological development and wellbeing.
- One in ten children and young people has a diagnosable mental disorder.
- Many more have mental health problems, all of which can have a long-term impact.
- A child with a physical illness is two to five times as likely to develop an emotional disorder.
The College is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of children and young people. Recognising the importance of the mental health agenda, we have a number of work streams focused on improving core skills for healthcare professionals.
View the(PDF, 487KB, 5 pages) to the Health Select Committee Inquiry into child and adolescent mental health services (March 2014)
MindEd - provides practical sessions when and wherever they’re needed, quickly building knowledge and confidence to identify an issue, act swiftly and improve outcomes for children and young people
Healthy Child Programme - an award-winning suite of e-learning materials for healthcare professionals made up of three distinct programmes, covering health promotion and common child health issues from infancy to adulthood
Guidelines and resources
MARSIPAN (Management of Really Sick Patients with Anorexia Nervosa) Checklist - a resource produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Clinical guidelines relevant to child mental health - endorsed or supported by the College
Medicines for Children - an information resource for parents and carers, which includes leaflets about medicines used for paediatric mental health conditions
Guidance for Commisioners of Mental Health Services for Toung People making the Transition from Child and Adolescent to Adult Services (PDF, 643 KB, 20 pages) - a short collaborative publication working to ensure quality of mental health services at the point of transition (February 2012)
No Health without Mental Health (PDF, 705 KB, 103 pages) - Department of Health strategy that sets out six shared objectives to improve the mental health and well-being of the nation, and to improve outcomes for people with mental health problems through high quality services (February 2010)
Publications on eating disorders
Junior MARSIPAN (Management of Really Sick Patients with Anorexia Nervosa') report (RCPsych, 2012) - identifies the challenges faced by young people, families and clinicans when young people with eating disorders are admitted to adult medical units
Ascertainment of Early Onset Eating Disorders: A Pilot for Developing a National Child Psychiatric Surveillance System (PDF, 212KB, 5 pages) Lynn, Viner & Nicholls, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal, (2012) 2, 109-112