About this course

Recent research published by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in The Lancet Psychiatry found limited formal evidence for the huge range of self-care options drawn on by society when it comes to mental health. With this in mind, we have been reaching out to young people across the UK to understand more about how they support their own mental health.

Professional help is vital for many young people who are struggling with their mental health. But we know that some have difficulty accessing services, others may not want to access services, and some find that working with a therapist isn’t as helpful as they’d hoped, or is only part of the solution.

The AFNCCF is leading a programme of work on self-care in child and youth mental health. Participants at this event will have an opportunity to discuss emerging learning with colleagues, and inform our dialogue about a broader conception of help for children, young people and families:

  • Hear about and reflect on the learning from our research on self-care , including:
    • A literature review of self-care strategies in child mental health, and a systematic review of effectiveness
    • An online survey of young people and parents
    • A series of focus groups with young people
  • Learn about a new online self-care resource freely available to children and young people
  • Actively address key research questions and help shape the future direction of this work

This free learning event will be led by researchers and young people who have been involved in our work on self-care.

It may be of interest to all those who work with children and young people – including mental health practitioners, school staff, social workers and youth workers, as well as researchers, policymakers and commissioners.

Refreshments will be available before the event. This session will also take place in London.