Shining a light on children's mental health

Mental health can be a challenging and sensitive topic. In this podcast, five child health professionals talk about how they are are tackling the issue through advocacy and innovation.
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The spring edition of the College’s member magazine Milestones has a special focus on supporting children and young people’s mental health, and you can read the articles at the bottom of this page.

To mark this, Milestones Editor and Mental Health Lead Dr James Dearden speaks to a number of the Milestones contributors in this episode. With a wealth of experience between them, they discuss the increase in mental health issues in young people and the role of paediatricians in supporting them.

It's really clear that that we need to involve ourselves in mental health. It's really clear that that's what young people are asking of us... We expect it these days of teachers, GPs, social workers, so we should absolutely expect it of ourselves.

Karen Street, consultant paediatrician and RCPCH Officer for Mental Health 

Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts. You can download the transcript below.

Speakers on the podcast

Dr James Dearden

Dr James Dearden

Paediatric Consultant / Torbay Paediatric Mental Health Lead
RCPCH Milestones Editor

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Twitter: @drjamesdearden

Shayna Moellenberg

Shayna Moellenberg

4th year medical student

University of Southampton

Twitter: @ShaynaMoellenb

Dr Olatokunbo (Toks) Sanwo

Dr Olatokunbo (Toks) Sanwo

ST8 Paediatric Registrar/ Child Mental Health Sub-specialty Trainee

Cambridgeshire Community Services

Twitter: @toks_dr

Dr Karen Street

Dr Karen Street

Consultant Paediatrician
RCPCH Officer for Mental Health

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Twitter: @karenstreetkhan

Dr Sam Jones

Dr Samantha Jones

Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine / Paediatric Mental Health Lead 

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Twitter: @SJisinterested

From Milestones