South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is marking Children’s Mental Health Week, which runs from 7-13 February 2022 with a full calendar of activities and information.
This year’s theme, organised by charity Place2Be, is Growing Together, and throughout the week the Trust will be sharing tips from our clinicians about supporting young people and their families. We will also be sharing updates about our exciting plans on the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People and our ambition to transform the mental health of children and young people.
Developed by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and the Maudsley Charit y, the centre is due to open its doors in 2023. The new facilities and the work to be undertaken there are a timely response to rising mental health problems amongst children and young people – a trend exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
David Bradley, Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“The mental health of children and young people has never been so important, and together with our partners, we are embracing the opportunity to truly transform mental health care and research for children and young people.
“I look forward to marking Children’s Mental Health Week and hearing from our experts in child and adolescent mental health services, our clinical academics and researchers from IoPPN, about our activities to support our communities throughout the week.”
Look out for:
- Parenting tips from Professor Stephen Scott, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Professor of Child Health and Behaviour.
- Simple tips and tricks in our animated Families Under Pressure Series, formulated by researchers and NHS mental health experts, which are backed by science and proven to work with families.
- Advice and signposting to urgent mental health support for children
- Opportunities for young people to get involved in research
- Guides and information for people worried about a young person’s eating, weight or shape from our Eating Disorders clinicians
- Advice and guidance on Body Dysmorphic Disorder from Dr Amita Jassi, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorder Service for Children and Young People
- A conversation with Maarten Crommelin, Head of School at Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School who shares what it’s like going to school when you are in hospital
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