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Children and Young People: Mental Health Promotion

“There is increasing expectation that nurses will assess the needs as well as the presenting concerns of children and young people. They are in the right place to promote the psychological and emotional well-being of children and families and to prevent the development of mental health problems by being aware of the factors that can put children and young people at risk.” (RCN, 2014, Children and young people’s mental health: every nurse’s business). Use this guide to find information resources about mental health promotion, including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 14/07/2018

Key Resources

Royal College of Nursing (2017) Child and adolescent mental health. London: RCN.

Royal College of Nursing (2017) Child and adolescent mental health: key facts, London: RCN.

Children and young people’s mental health: every nurse’s business. RCN guidance for nursing staff. Royal College of Nursing (2014) Children and young people’s mental health: every nurse’s business. RCN guidance for nursing staff, London: RCN.
Mental health in children and young people: an RCN toolkit for nurses who are not mental health specialists. Royal College of Nursing (2014) Mental health in children and young people: an RCN toolkit for nurses who are not mental health specialists (2nd edition), London: RCN.
Royal Society for Public Health (2017) #StatusOfMind: social media and young people's mental health and wellbeing, London: RSPH.
National Assembly for Wales Children, Young People and Education Committee (2018) Mind over matter: a report on the step change needed in emotional and mental health support for children and young people in Wales, Cardiff:  NAW.
Public Health England (2016) The mental health of children and young people in England, London: PHE.

Mental Health Foundation (2014) How to improve mental wellbeing in youth work practice, London: Mental Health Foundation.

Care Quality Commission (2018) Are we listening: a review of children and young people's mental health services, London: Care Quality Commission.
Frith, E (2016) Children and young people's mental health: time to deliver: the report of the Independent Commission on Children and Young People's Mental Health, London: Education Policy Institute.
Bush, M (2018) Addressing adversity: prioritising adversity and trauma-informed care for children and young people in England, London: Young Minds Trust.
Books on Prescription
  • A reading list of expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. The books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries.
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YoungMinds
  • UK charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
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We would like to thank the RCN CYP Staying Healthy member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Bailey S, Tarbuck P and Chitsabesan P (editors) (2017) Forensic child and adolescent mental health: meeting the needs of young offenders, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bailey S, Tarbuck P and Chitsabesan P (editors) (2017) Forensic child and adolescent mental health: meeting the needs of young offenders, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bradford H (2012) The well-being of children under three, Abingdon: Routledge. Bradford H (2012) The well-being of children under three, Abingdon: Routledge.
Bradshaw J (2016) The well-being of children in the UK (4th edition), Policy Press. Bradshaw J (2016) The well-being of children in the UK (4th edition), Policy Press.
Burton, Maddie (2014) An introduction to child and adolescent mental health, London: Sage. Burton, Maddie (2014) An introduction to child and adolescent mental health, London: Sage.
Channa, K & Localis (2017) A healthy state of mind: improving young people's mental fitness, London: Localis.

Landolt, M A, Cloitre, M and Schnyder, U (2017) Evidence-based treatments for trauma related disorders in children and adolescents, (place of publication unknown) : Springer

Manassis, K (2016) Cognitive behavioural therapy with children: a guide for the community practitioner, 2nd edition, London: Routledge. Manassis, K (2016) Cognitive behavioural therapy with children: a guide for the community practitioner, 2nd edition, London: Routledge.
McDougall, T (2016) Children and young people McDougall, T (2016) Children and young people's mental health: essentials for nurses and other professionals, London: Routledge.
Morley D and Street C (2014) Mixed experiences: growing up mixed race: mental health and well-being, London: National Children’s Bureau.  Morley D and Street C (2014) Mixed experiences: growing up mixed race: mental health and well-being, London: National Children’s Bureau.
Padmore, J (2016) The mental health needs of children and young people: guiding you to key issues and practices in CAMHS, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Padmore, J (2016) The mental health needs of children and young people: guiding you to key issues and practices in CAMHS, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Pattison S, Robson M, Beynon A (editors) (2015) The handbook of counselling children and young people, London: Sage. Pattison S, Robson M, Beynon A (editors) (2015) The handbook of counselling children and young people, London: Sage.
Quish L (2015) Overcoming self-harm and suicidal thoughts: a practical guide for the adolescent years, London: Hammersmith Health Books. Quish L (2015) Overcoming self-harm and suicidal thoughts: a practical guide for the adolescent years, London: Hammersmith Health Books.
Walker S (2012) Responding to self-harm in children and adolescents: a professional’s guide to identification, intervention and support, Jessica Kingsley.       Walker S (2012) Responding to self-harm in children and adolescents: a professional’s guide to identification, intervention and support, London: Jessica Kingsley.

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Journals

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