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Teaching resources on Mental Health and Wellbeing

For healthcare professionals: If you're a GP, Paediatrician, Nurse , Social Worker or other healthcare worker looking for some advice on how to consult on mental health problems with children and young people, have a look at this page from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust for a toolkit and some useful podcasts.This charity also have some excellent leaflets and videos for parents especially on self-harm and depression in children and young people.

On Confidentiality: This comic strip created by young people shows some of their concerns about confidentiality and asks professionals to consider what information to share and how best to do so. 
http://www.ayph-behealthy.org.uk/confidentiality-comic/

On working with Young People who have experienced sexual exploitation (AYPH): a useful leaflet developed by young people for professionals to give out to young people when they are first accessing a service. Find it here 

Toolkit for General Practice (2017) with suggestions and action points on how to make your surgery more young people friendly with some examples from around the country. Find it here 

YoungMinds run training courses on mental health for professionals and if you are a school you can sign up to their 360 community and be sent free resources on-line. Check it out here

Childhood trauma- Beacon House have free training resources for people working wth children who have suffered significant childhood trauma https://beaconhouse.org.uk/useful-resources/


For schools

  • Mentally Healthy SchoolsThis website has lots of ideas for assemblies, lesson plans, and downloadable resources for teachers plus advice on how to begin talking to a child, parent or carer about mental health https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
  • Time to change has a great list of tried and tested simple resources to get children in schools thinking and talking about mental health here including games, lesson plans, a video and posters.
  • Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families have compiled resources for schools and families including those above and more. Find the full list here

ADHD information and screening tools

There are various rating scales available on-line such as the Conner's or SNAP-IV scales but these need to be used with a proper clinical assessment to be really useful as they can be misleading by themselves. Parent questionnaires exist in short forms and longer forms. The short Conner's 3 form is available here and the short SNAP-IV here but the longer forms are often sent to parents  together with a teacher's questionnaire once a child has been referred for assessment. In some children (often girls) there may not be obvious symptoms of being hyperactive but they do struggle to focus, get organised or complete tasks. The shorter forms might be useful to do for parents to complete and could be sent with a referral if appropriate. There is also a self- assessment questionnaire here for young adults, which again might give an indication but is not diagnostic. Any ADHD assessment by a psychaitrist or community paediatrician will include a detailed assessment of any co-existing mental health issues.


Autism information and screening tools

Autism screening tool (Modified checklist for autism in toddlers = M-CHAT) : designed for children between 16 and 30 months of age. This is a simple set of twenty questions which is not diagnostic but may help you decide whether a referral is appropriate. Parents and professionals can find an interactive version of the M-CHAT here

Toolkit for autism spectrum disorders in older children and young adults. This RCGP toolkit includes links to some questionnaires which might be useful when referring a child or adult but again, none are diagnostic by themselves. There is also helpful information on making your surgery autism friendly and lots of other useful resources such as some top tips for professionals and for reception staff, and some specific information on autism in girls and women. Find the toolkit here

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