Mental health

We must work together to improve children's mental health by putting resources into early intervention and prevention, building resilience, ensuring the children’s workforce as a whole is trained to spot the signs of mental ill health and is equipped to refer and support children. Crucially, this includes making sure local areas have robust plans and adequate resource to provide appropriate local support.
We believe that attention to the mental health of our patients is an essential component of good paediatric care. This mental health section is designed to provide all paediatricians with the information and resources they need to support children and young people.
Together with the Royal Colleges of GPs (RCGP) and Psychiatrists (RCPsych), we have committed to five shared principles that we hope will lead to tangible actions to improve the care and support of children and young people (CYP) with mental health problems.
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Promoting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is a priority area for the RCPCH, find out more about our work in this area and why it is so important.

MindEd is an online learning and advice resource for anyone interested in, or concerned about, the mental health of children and teenagers. Developed in partnership by experts and parents including RCPCH, it is entirely funded by the UK government, through Health Education England, and is therefore completely free and open to use.

The Young People's Pocketbook for doctors
Our summer intern, Papia (age 17) created a pocketbook to show healthcare professionals young people's expectations of how they wish their doctor’s consultations to be.
Based on the classic children's game, this game provides ‘Facts vs Myths’ surrounding the subject of mental health, which can enable a teacher/healthcare professional to facilitate a discussion regarding this issue
This game, designed by Amina (aged 17) one of our Summer 2017 interns, enables a young person to pick the emoji cards that best represent how they are feeling, prompt them to discuss the topic and find out more information.

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