Child mental health

We must work together to improve children's mental health - to put resources into early intervention and prevention, building resilience and ensuring our workforce is trained to spot the signs of mental ill health and equipped to refer and support children.
Blocks spelling out MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
There is considerable variation in how child mental health services are delivered in the UK. Our position statement outlines the role of paediatricians in supporting children and young people’s mental health, and makes key recommendations to ensure their mental health needs are met.
Two girls from a sports team, laughing
State of Child Health is our landmark report into the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK, which looks at the data on mental health on child health outcomes, including mental health prevalence and services.
Illustration by Bethany, age 16 - girl's head ith thoughts: Bullying; Social media; Exams; Body image; Future
Over the pandemic, RCPCH &Us has brought together young people and health professionals to share reflections - and solutions. On mental health they've looked at the digital channels young people use, limitations of online therapy, signposting to services and more.
Being Me (letters spelled out in playdough)
What keeps children in care happy, healthy and well? We worked with children and youn gpeople to create 'health and wellbeing passports', a poster and games to help share who they are, how they are feeling and what support they would like.
Our summer inern, Amina (aged 17) developed this popular card game. A young person can pick the emojis that best represent how they are feeling, prompting them to discuss and find out more.
The Young People's Pocketbook for doctors
This tool outlines what young people expect - and wish - from consultations with their doctors. It was developed by our summer intern, Papia (age 17) based on consultations with young people across England.

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