Many parents ‘never talk about mental health’ to children

More than half of parents in England have never spoken to their children about stress, anxiety or depression, a survey has suggested.

A poll of more than 1,100 parents found that 55% had not spoken about the subject to their offspring. Of those, 20% said they did not know how to address the issue.

The survey results have been released as part of a campaign, funded by the Department of Health, to break down the stigma associated with mental health. The poll, of parents to children aged between six and 18, was carried out by market research company Opinion Matters on behalf of the Time to Change campaign, which is being run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

It also found that 45% of parents felt they did not need to have the conversation because mental health “was not an issue”.

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A partnership with the Anti Bullying Alliance, ‘Daisy Chain’ is an interactive story that aims at opening up the conversation on bullying.

Daisy Chain is the follow up to the acclaimed anti-bullying children’s book ‘Dandelion’. The short film allows parents and children to better understand bullying and cyberbullying , by teaching them the power of kindness and the impact of positive and negative sharing.

The project is released in time for the British Anti-Bullying Week (which occurs from 16 to 20 November), with a percentage of Daisy Chain merchandise sales going to the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

The short film was created after Galvin’s son faced a bullying experience, which made him an advocate for people who are victims of bullying.

via Kate Winslet Narrates New Anti-Bullying Film.

Service users as the key to service change? The development of an innovative intervention for excluded young people

Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Article first published online 9th NOV 2015


Excluded young people, especially those affected by street gangs, often have complex unmet needs and high levels of health and social inequalities. This paper outlines the development of Music & Change, an innovative and comprehensive intervention accessible to young people, which aimed to holistically meet the mental health and other needs of its participants and ultimately to reduce offending rates. Its central principle was coproduction and partnership with its potential users.


The setting was an inner-city housing estate; the core group of participants was 15 young people aged 16–22 years. The intervention used contemporary music skills (e.g. DJ-ing and lyric writing) and other coproduced project activities as a vehicle to build relationships with practitioners and address young people’s multiple needs. Data were gathered using a focused ethnography, largely from field notes, and analysed using thematic analysis in order to ascertain users’ perceptions of its delivery.


Young people identified six key principles of the intervention, such as the need for consistent relationships with trusted staff, mental health support to be wrapped round other youth-led activities and local service delivery within their safe territories.


Music & Change was valued by young people who do not easily engage with professionals and services. The findings led to the development of the ‘Integrate’ model, which is using these coproduced principles to underpin several new pilot projects that aim to address the health and social inequalities of excluded young people.


via Service users as the key to service change? The development of an innovative intervention for excluded young people – Zlotowitz – 2015 – Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Wiley Online Library.

Children of the new century: Mental health findings from the Millennium Cohort Study

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Mental health of 11-year-old children living in the UK

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The report finds that about one in ten (10.3 per cent) 11-year-olds in the UK has a mental health problem according to parents – or eight percent as reported by teachers, with symptoms including hyperactivity, conduct problems and peer problems as well as emotional problems.

The report shows that children from the lowest income families are four times more likely to have mental health problems than those from the highest earning backgrounds. It also suggests that not living with both natural parents is associated with mental health problems in children. Geography too has an impact – 11-year-olds in Scotland have a significantly lower prevalence of hyperactivity and peer problems than those in the rest of the UK.mental health children - key facts

via Centre for Mental Health | Children of the new century: Mental health findings from the Millennium Cohort Study.

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