For Professionals

The rates of diagnosable mental illness in Children and Young People have been steadily rising. 17% of <18s would meet criteria for mental illness. Far fewer than this will have input from Mental Health Services, due to historic lack of investment, and a paucity of staffing, meaning many referrals are rejected or re-directed. Up to date statistics from NHS digital NHS England have issued plans of their response to the ongoing challenge, to be found here:

It is vital that professionals feel confident and able to speak with young people about distressing experiences, to sensitively explore thoughts, feelings and risk. I wrote a paper for the Student BMJ with specific advise on this subject, which can be downloaded below. I also very much recommend the We Can Talk online module, which is free to access here:

The single best go-to site on the internet will always be the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We have a very strong public engagement and engagement track record. See in particular the huge range of information leaflets on a range of conditions:
A superb series of E-Learning Resources for professionals training in childrens’ mental health, supported by Health Education England:

ACAMH – An academic organisation, designed for sharing best evidence and improving practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

An example is the ACAMH learning resources on Eating Disorders, which can be found here:

Inside the teen mind: what’s happening to mental health?
The Health Foundation have published a fantastic podcast on this issue (May 2021), looking at mental health trends during the pandemic.

In 2017, The Department of Health produced a Green Paper entitled: Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision which can be dowloaded here:
The Mental Health Charity Mind have recently published a report about mental health support in schools – you can download this here: