England: 370 schools to take part in new mental health trials

Hundreds of children are taking part in one of the largest trials in the world to boost the evidence about what works to support mental health and wellbeing.

Scotland: RCPCH reviews progress on child health

Two years on from the launch of State of child health: Scotland, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has carried out a review of progress.

Northern Ireland: political deadlock is harming child health, says RCPCH

Political deadlock blocking progress in child health policy is jeopardising the health of children in Northern Ireland.

Korea: breastfeeding could protect against depression in later life

Women who breastfeed their children are almost two-thirds less likely to suffer from post-menopausal depression.

Young & lonely

Why is loneliness affecting children as young as 10, and what can be done to help tackle it? Journalist Georgina Fuller reports.

News in numbers: February

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here.

Research: psychological support for rapid response staff

Fiona Finlay, Anna Baverstock and Jackie MacCallam considered the need for coping strategies by rapid response teams following the death of a child.

UK: postnatal depression risk far higher in mothers of boys

The odds of developing postnatal depression (PND) increased by up to 79% when mothers had baby boys rather than girls.

NHS pledge to focus on young people’s health

Children and young people’s health has been set out as a priority in NHS England’s new long-term plan published Monday 7th January. It will see the introduction of a new transformation programme over the next decade.  

Mental health support for new fathers

Partners of expectant and new mothers who are unwell with mental health issues will be offered support and mental health checks, NHS England has announced.

News in numbers: December

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download PDF here.

Wales: earlier mental health support in schools

Pupils will receive earlier mental health support in schools to prevent more serious problems in later life.

On the edge

The suicide rate in the UK may be going down, but three times more men than women took their own life last year. Journalist Sarah Campbell asks what’s going on and how you can make a difference.

Wales: ‘whole school’ plan to reform mental health support

The Welsh Government has embarked on a ‘whole school’ approach in the reform of mental health support for young people.

UK: sixfold increase in children’s mental health problems

Mental health problems in children and young people have soared across the UK.

Strengthening child-parent relationships


Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour (UYCB):

Evaluating a Solihull Approach face-to-face 10-week group for parents.

Spotlight on sight loss

Low vision or blindness can significantly affect a child’s learning progress and mental health. Journalist Anna Scott takes a closer look at how community practitioners can help families live with visual impairment.

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