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This week is Child Mental Health Week in the UK, set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, the week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. With 3 children in every classroom in the UK now presenting with a diagnosable mental health problem, this year’s theme is Find your Brave.  To coincide with the week, reading charity The Reading Agency supported by Libraries Connected has launched a booklist to support children’s mental health. The team here at Family Kids & Youth (FK&Y) were delighted to be part of this process. The books were chosen by health professionals from organisations including The British Psychological Society, Mind, NHS England, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Psychiatrists. FK&Y researchers then took the books to an advisory panel of children and their parents/carers to find out what they thought of them, and subsequently reported back to the professionals. In four extended sessions the book list was whittled down to 33 titles, covering subjects including bereavement, anxiety, managing feelings and diagnosed conditions including ADHD and physical disabilities. The books will be available in all public libraries subscribing to the scheme and can be accessed by school libraries also.

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Family Kids & Youth – what we are doing during Coronavirus lockdown

We are continuing to carry out our UK and international research with children, teens and parents but have switched all this online and to our apps. Our qualitative research is filmed and our mini groups, depth interviews and focus groups are proving to be a great success. Children and young people are totally at home speaking online and are extremely vocal, even on the most sensitive of topics. Parents are appreciating the ‘group effect’ of online video conferencing.

Our resourceful team at FK&Y has been home-based since Monday 16 March and our regular catch-ups on Microsoft Teams ensure we all know what each other is doing! We’d like to thank our clients, our suppliers and of course our research participants for being so encouraging and so supportive.

We have compiled lists of organisations that offer help on home-schooling, child behaviour, and anxiety and mental health. Please contact me if you wish to receive this list.

Wishing all our clients, colleagues and friends our very best wishes! Dr Barbie.

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