In Nordic and Latin American countries, education systems promote well-being and resilience. The UK still has a lot to learn.
UK research indicates outcomes for children with mental health problems may have become worse in more recent generations.
‘As a mom I couldn’t stand hearing my daughter cry herself to sleep, but as a physician I knew that sleep training was safe and that a well-rested baby would be a happy baby,’ says Stephanie Liu.
A doctor reviews the medical evidence on the controversial practise of sleep training infants.
Mental well-being should be embedded into education.
Focusing on two determinants of mental health can help pupils prevent issues arising.
Struggling to keep up.
A study of 600,000 children has found links between achievement and depression.
For every girl diagnosed with ADHD, up to seven boys are diagnosed. Researchers looked at risk factors, the role of genetics, and mental health for clues.
Mental disorders affected one in seven students and were associated with being less connected and engaged at school, having lower attendance rates, and poorer academic outcomes than their peers.
A national survey has shown Australian school students with a mental disorder can be almost three years behind in their studies by the time they sit their final NAPLAN test in year nine.
Part of Feltham Young Offenders Institution has been deemed ‘not safe for either staff or boys’.
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A judge has ruled that placing a 16-year-old in solitary confinement breached his human rights.
Displaced children, like these in the Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, are remarkably resilient but not all thrive in their new countries. Here’s how we can help them.
New research into the health of newly arrived refugee children in Australia gives us clues about how we can help all refugee kids.
It takes more than PE lessons to keep kids healthy.
If we want our children to stay healthy, we need to start making it a priority for schools.
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A small minority of children with mental health issues is getting the help they need. School-based mental health is essential to keep students engaged.
Half of lifetime mental illness starts by the age of 14, so emotional well-being is important to have in schools.
Schools need to change the way they work to support the emotional well-being of our children.
Young asylum seekers need stability... or the consequences can be longlasting
Childhood bullying is linked to social anxiety disorder, depression and body dysmorphic disorder.
New research suggests bullied children are more likely to report mental health problems compared to those who are maltreated.
Finally, a break from talking about our emotions.
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Apocryphal depictions of an unprecedented crisis in young people’s mental ill-health and their general vulnerability have been accompanied by increasingly alarmist claims that only schools can address…
Teachers need a hand getting the message across.
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Children’s character and well-being looks set to be a central education issue going into the 2015 general election. Getting out of the starting blocks in mid-December, Nicky Morgan, the secretary of state…
Children should be taken into consideration when helping adults with mental health issues.
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Mental illness runs in families. This is well known and uncontroversial. There is much that we could do to reduce this risk, but we currently do almost nothing. A parent with mental illness is several…
Children exhibit signs of psychotic illness in very rare cases.
News this week that as many as 100,000 prescriptions for anti-psychotics were written for Australian children in 2013 is cause for concern. Though the drugs may be appropriate in a small number of cases…
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Mental health services for children and adolescents in the UK are beset by “serious and deeply ingrained problems”, according to a new report from the Health Select Committee. Referral rates are increasing…