Youth mental health policies and reports

In this section you will find reports, journal articles and policies all relevant to adolescent mental health. 

RCGP Report

Youth Mental Health Symposium at the Royal College of General Practitioners, October 2011 [PDF]. A four page document covering, education and training, the voice of young people, the research agenda, interface issues and making it work in practice.

Government policy and resources

Mental health problems in children and young people [PDF] readable and well researched chapter in Chief Medical Officer's annual report 2012: Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays.

The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum Mental Health Sub-Group [PDF]. Published in July 2012 and updated in June 2012, this government initiative was asked by the Secretary of State to help develop a new strategy for improving care for children and young people.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health resources

Mental Health and Wellbeing. RCPCH website dedicated to improving the wellbeing of children and young people, including numerous links to policy, research, mental health education, publications and guidelines.

Recommended journal articles

Childhood eating disorders: British national surveillance study [PDF] epidemiological survey from 2011 in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Understanding Conduct Disorder. An article by Jane Roberts in the British Journal of Family Medicine in response to the NICE guidelines on Conduct Disorder published in September 2013.

Youngminds resources

Talking Self Harm [PDF] Research report by YoungMinds in collaboration with the Cello Group tackling the myths and concepts of self harm in adolescents. Based on research conducted amongst over 2,000 young people.

The cardiovascular health of young people with severe mental illness: Published in The Psychiatrist in 2012 this paper argues that if clinicians dismiss early weight gain and worrying UK public health trends for young people in general, when using antipsychotics in psychiatric treatment for their young patients, they may be inadvertently condoning a first critical step on a path towards physical health inequalities.

You can find additional resources on the child and adolescent health and mental health resource pages.

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