‘Good social, emotional and psychological health helps protect children and young people against emotional and behavioural problems, violence and crime, teenage pregnancy and the misuse of drugs and alcohol.’ (Systematic review of the effectiveness of interventions to promote mental wellbeing in children in primary education - Adi et al. 2007).
Children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing is important in its own right but also because it affects their physical health (both as a child and as an adult) and can determine how well they do at school. The emotional and mental health of children and young people is increasingly recognised as being fundamental to the wellbeing and future prospects of individuals and communities.
There is a growing body of research, publications and resources that can help you develop your understanding of emotional and mental health.
For more information about mental health problems and conditions visit YoungMinds.
Some of the recent national publications you might find useful include:
This strategy outlines the Government’s objectives and six top priorities:
The Public Health White paper Healthy Lives Healthy People is a strategy for Public health in England which outlines the key priorities for the health service.
A framework for participation of children and young people. Mapping and planning tool
The Department of Health quality criteria for young people friendly health services – You're Welcome Standards.
To help you understand CAMHS in Norfolk, we have created a Guide to Norfolk’s CAMHS Services called Healthy Young Minds.