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Resources for adolescents

Other mental health resources for adolescentsThe selection of materials below has been put together on behalf of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty based on recommendations received from child and adolescent mental health professionals and members of the FOCUS network around the country.

Other colleagues working in the field have also been instrumental in creating the list.

  • Video for Young People
  • CD-ROM for Young People and Teachers
  • Websites
  • Young links 

Video For Young People

Mental illness - Does It Blow Your Mind? 

17 minute video which features powerful interviews with two young people who have overcome the difficulties of serious mental illness. Produced by the Manic Depression Fellowship (Wales)



CD-ROM for Young People and Teachers

Changing Minds: A multi-media CD-ROM about mental health

ISBN 1901242927, RCPsych

A multi-media CD-ROM on mental health which looks at Addictions, Stress, Eating Disorders, Depression, Schizophrenia and Self-Harm. Aimed at 13-17 years, it also provides teacher's notes linked into PSHE.


Liverpool Social Services and Barnados Young Carers Project produce an excellent resource pack aimed at teenagers It covers mental illness, looking after yourself as a young person and people who can help. Tel: 0151 225 6363/4. Email:




  • The Child Psychotherapy Trust produces a number of publications and leaflets written by experienced child psychotherapists which give insight into the child's feelings and view of the world and help parents, and those who work with children, to make sense.


  • Great Ormond Street Hospital: Aimed at teenagers, this website acts as a one-stop educational resource, signposting users to further sources of specialist help and information. The content, which has all been clinically approved by Great Ormond Street Hospital, in collaboration with other organisations, covers many aspects of mental health related conditions, treatments and therapies.



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2018 Child & Adolescent Faculty conference, 20 & 21 September 2018 in Glasgow

Further information



FR/CAP/GAP/01:  Good mental health services for young people


Values Based CAMHS: What really matters to children & young people


Report of the Values Based CAMHS Commission


Summary document


Position statement: Defining a health-based place of safety (S136) and crises assessment sites for young people under 18


FR CAP 02: Physical health of children and adolescents: what specialist child and adolescent psychiatrists need to know and do


FR CAP 01: Survey of in-patient admissions for children and young people with mental health problems


CR195 When to see a child and adolescent psychiatrist


CR198 Guidance for the use of audio-visual recording in child psychiatric practice


RCPSYCH & Tribunals Judiciary A Guide to Mental Health Tribunals for Young People



Faculty Newsletter:

Spring 2018


The RCPsych Paediatric Liaison Network

The RCPsych Paediatric Liaison Network is an international group of child and adolescent psychiatrists who work with paediatric staff. We discuss clinical and non-clinical issues, particularly policy and the promotion of mental health in paediatric practice. We meet in conferences in various UK locations twice a year.  If you are interested in joining, contact the group c/o Stella Galea, committee manager.


The Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Surveillance System (CAPSS) Based within the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI), CAPSS assists clinicians and researchers in ascertaining nationally cases of rare childhood mental health conditions. 



Child in Mind Podcast

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families launches a series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems. One episode per month will be released, and each episode will be hosted on both the Anna Freud National Centre's iTunes podcast channel (click subscribe to listen) and Soundcloud account.



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