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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: 10/11/2020

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.

Bush M (2018) Addressing adversity: prioritising adversity and trauma-informed care for children and young people in England. London: Young Minds Trust.
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.
Irish Mental Health Commission (2009) Headspace toolkit for young people who are inpatients of mental health services: your guide, IMHC.

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

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.
NHS Health Education for England MindEd: e-learning to support healthy minds.
  • MindEd provides free open access online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people in the UK. It is applicable to a wide range of learners across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings.
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2019) Depression in children and young people: identification and management: NICE guideline NG134. London: NICE.
  • NICE guidance is officially England and Wales only.
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Public Health England (2016) The mental health of children and young people in England. London: PHE.

Royal Society for Public Health (2017) #StatusOfMind: social media and young people's mental health and wellbeing. London: RSPH.
YoungMinds
  • UK charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
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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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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 (eds.) (2017) Forensic child and adolescent mental health: meeting the needs of young offenders. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Book cover of: Baldwin L (ed.) (2019) Nursing skills for children and young people’s mental health. Cham: Springer.

Baldwin L (ed.) (2019) Nursing skills for children and young people’s mental health. Cham: Springer.

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 edn. Policy Press.
Burton, Maddie (2014) An introduction to child and adolescent mental health, London: Sage. Burton M (2014) An introduction to child and adolescent mental health. London: Sage.
Book cover for: Chambers M (2017) Psychiatric and mental health nursing: the craft of caring. 3rd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press. Chambers M (2017) Psychiatric and mental health nursing: the craft of caring. 3rd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Channa K (2017) A healthy state of mind: improving young people's mental fitness. London: Localis.
Book cover for: Coverdale G and Donovan H (2019) With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people. Bradford: Emerald. Coverdale G and Donovan H (2019) With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people. Bradford: Emerald.
Howard C, Burton M and Levermore D (2020) Children’s mental health and emotional well-being in primary schools: a whole school approach. 2nd ed. London: Learning Matters.
Book cover: Mainstone-Cotton S (2017) Promoting young children’s emotional health and wellbeing: a practical guide for professionals and parents. London: Jessica Kingsley. Mainstone-Cotton S (2017) Promoting young children’s emotional health and wellbeing: a practical guide for professionals and parents. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Landolt M A, Cloitre M and Schnyder U (2017) Evidence-based treatments for trauma related disorders in children and adolescents. Cham: 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 edn. London: Routledge.
McDougall, T (2016) Children and young people's mental health: essentials for nurses and other professionals, London: Routledge. 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.
Book cover for: Pattison S, Robson M and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2018) The handbook of counselling children and young people. 2nd ed. London: SAGE. Pattison S, Robson M and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2018) The handbook of counselling children and young people. 2nd ed. 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.

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Journals

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