Child in Mind podcasts

Child in Mind is a series of podcasts aimed to help parents and carers understand and manage child and family mental health problems.

The Mind Media Award nominated series is presented by BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond. In each 20-minute episode, she discusses an important issue in child and family mental health with an expert and a young person or parent.

Each episode can be listened to below or via our iTunes podcast channel (click subscribe to listen) or our Soundcloud account.

Episode 1: What do we know about anxiety and what can parents do about it?

Feeling anxious and worried is a normal experience for children, but how do we know when it's becoming a serious problem and what can we do about it? Claudia Hammond discusses these issues and more with expert Professor Cathy Creswell from the University of Reading, and Beckie, whose whole family was affected by her son's anxiety.

Episode 2: What is therapy and does it work?

What is therapy and does it work for mental health problems? These questions are discussed in this month's Child in Mind podcast. Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by Maisy, 18, who has various types of therapy for both obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, and Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Episode 3: What is ADHD and what help is available for children with ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health issue in children. But what is ADHD and what help is available for children who are diagnosed with the condition? Claudia Hammond discusses these topics with Dr Jeanette Phillips, a Consultant Child Psychiatrist, and Minesh, whose 10 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD when he started having problems at school.

Episode 4: Why do some people self-harm?

Self-harming behaviour is becoming more common according to recent statistics, and particularly among young people between 16 and 25 years But what is self-harming behaviour, why do people do it and what help is available for those affected? Claudia Hammond discusses these topics with Dr Trudie Rossouw, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Grace, a 23 year old woman who has previously self-harmed.

Episode 5: What do we know about eating disorders and how to cope.

This episode focusing on eating disorders, sees Jess, a young person with experience of these, in conversation with expert Dr Dasha Nicholls and presenter Claudia Hammond talking about ways to recognise signs of disorder, ways to cope and that recovery is possible.

Episode 6: What is trauma and how does it affect the brain?

BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Child Psychologist in the Trauma and Maltreatment Service at the Centre, to discuss what trauma is, what it looks like and how it affects the brain. David Trickey has also contributed a blog to accompany the launch of this podcast entitled 'Traumatic Events: How children and young people can react and how adults can respond' which you can read here.

Episode 7: Is medication for mental health problems safe?

This episode focused on medication features our Young Champion Maisy, in conversation with expert Dr Peter Hindley and presenter Claudia Hammond talking about ways treatment options for depression.

Episode 8: Bonding With Your Baby

This podcast explores what it means to securely bond with your baby, how this bonding can affect your child's development as well as useful advice for parents to support this bond.

Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by Dr Linda Mayes, the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center and expectant mum, Rhian Filbey.

                                       

Episode 9: The impact of sexual material online

Any parent with a computer in the house will have thought about whether their child will see sexual material online. How widespread is this problem and what is it's impact on children?

Claudia Hammond is joined Dr Dickon Bevington, the Medical Director of the Anna Freud Centre, and Vera, a mum of two who's concerned about what her children see online.

                                       

Episode 10: The Adolescent Brain

In the final edition of Child in Mind, Claudia Hammond talks about the often misunderstood changes that happen during adolescence with young person Yaamin and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL Sarah-Jane Blakemore

                                       

 

If you are worried about your child's mental health, please seek help from your GP.