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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: 23/03/2017

Key Resources

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

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.
Scottish Executive (2005) The mental health of children and young people: a framework for promotion, prevention and care, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.
YoungMinds
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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

Bradford H (2012) The well-being of children under three, Abingdon: Routledge. Bradford H (2012) The well-being of children under three, Abingdon: Routledge.
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.
Dogra N (2009) A multidisciplinary handbook of child and adolescent mental health for front-line professionals, London: Jessica Kingsley. Dogra N (2009) A multidisciplinary handbook of child and adolescent mental health for front-line professionals, London: Jessica Kingsley.
Dogra N and Leighton S (2009) Nursing in child and adolescent mental health, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Dogra N and Leighton S (2009) Nursing in child and adolescent mental health, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
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.
Quish L (2015) Overcoming self-harm and suicidal thoughts: a practical guide for the adolescent years, London: Hammersmith Health Books.
Thompson M and Hooper C (2012) Child and adolescent mental health: theory and practice (2nd edition), CRC Press. Thompson M and Hooper C (2012) Child and adolescent mental health: theory and practice (2nd edition), CRC Press.
Vostanis P (2014), Helping children and young people who experience trauma: children of despair, children of hope, London: Radcliffe. Vostanis P (2014), Helping children and young people who experience trauma: children of despair, children of hope, London: Radcliffe.
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

Journals of interest for children and young people mental health promotion. Use these links to see details of availability.