Children’s Mental Health Week 2022

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According to data published by NHS Digital, roughly one in six children and young people were identified as having a probable mental health disorder in 2021. Children’s Mental Health Week presents an opportunity to highlight the importance of children’s and young people’s mental health, to encourage involvement from the wider community, and to spread the word about the impact of mental health on children and young people.

Launched by Place2Be in 2015, this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week focuses on the theme of ‘Growing Together‘; examining how we grow emotionally, and finding ways to help each other grow and adapt to the challenges we face.

By focusing on ‘growing together’, alongside our vision of Sharing best evidence, improving practice, we urge you to focus on how we, as a society, can help support children (and adults) to grow and understand children’s and young people’s mental health.

With this in mind, we encourage you to explore the learning opportunities available on our website, and to share with your networks and colleagues.

We have gathered a range of FREE learning resources from leading academics, clinicians and researchers to raise awareness of child and adolescent mental health issues in order for us to ‘Grow Together’.


Topic Guide on School-based Interventions
Topic Guide on Parenting


  • Podcast with Lauren Cross ‘Mental Wellbeing in Schools, and the Global Mental Health Crisis’
  • Podcast with Professor Jess Deighton ‘Creating mentally healthy schools’
  • Podcast with Jessica Armitage ‘Positive Wellbeing and Resilience following Adolescent Victimisation’

Lectures, talks and discussions

  • Recorded Lecture ‘Ask the Expert ‘Screen Time & Mental Health – Balancing the positive with the negative’ – Aimed at Teachers, with Dr. Max Davie.
  • Recorded Lecture ‘Ask the Expert ‘Improving Children’s Sleep; The role a teacher can play’ – Aimed at Teachers, with Dr. Faith Orchard.
  • Recorded Lecture ‘Anxiety; Cues, Clues & Support for Young People in School – Ask the Expert’ – Aimed at Teachers, with Professor Cathy Creswell and Helen Manley.
  • Recorded Webinar ‘How are parenting practices associated with bullying in adolescents? – CAMHS around the Campfire’, with Dr. Ana Pascual-Sanchez, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology Lucy Bowes, a lived experience perspective, Douglas Badenoch and Andre Tomlin (@Mental_Elf).
  • Recorded Webinar ‘COVID & the impact on Mental Health of School Closures – CAMHS around the Campfire’, with Dr. Karen Mansfield, Ellie Costello from Square Peg, Jenny Hair Assistant Headteacher/Looked After Designated Teacher at Becton Hospital School, Eshal Saijid, Douglas Badenoch, and Andre Tomlin (@Mental_Elf).


  • Young Insight ‘Conflating risk and mental illness’.
    In this thoughtful article, a young person, Anna, reflects on her experience of risk being conflated with mental illness in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), highlighting crucial lessons for clinicians, commissioners, and policy makers.
  • Policy Review by Sarah Bunn and Stephanie J Lewis ‘Engaging with UK Parliament on child and adolescent mental health research and policy’
  • Policy Review by Susan Walker, Bernadka Dubicka, and David Kingsley ‘Mental Health Act White Paper: potential implications for children and young people’
  • Blog by Professor Stephen Scott CBE ‘We neglect children’s mental health at our peril’

Video abstracts

  • 8 min Video Abstract by Dr. Claudia Lugo‐Candelas ‘ADHD and risk for subsequent adverse childhood experiences: understanding the cycle of adversity’
  • 7 min Video Abstract by Dr. Rosanna Breaux ‘Prospective impact of COVID‐19 on mental health functioning in adolescents with and without ADHD: protective role of emotion regulation abilities’

Open Access papers from ACAMH journals

  • Open Access JCPP Advances Original Article ‘The winding roads to adulthood: A twin study’. (2021) Rimfeld, K., Malanchini, M., Packer, A. E., Gidziela, A., Allegrini, A. G., et al.
  • Open Access JCPP Advances Clinical Review ‘Integrated care to address child and adolescent health in the 21st century: A clinical review’. (2021) Fazel, M., Townsend, A., Stewart, H., Pao, M., Paz, I., et al.
  • Open Access JCPP Annual Research Review ‘A systematic review of mental health services for emerging adults – moulding a precipice into a smooth passage’. (2021) Anderson, J.K., Newlove-Delgado, T., & Ford, T. J.,
  • Open Access JCPP Original Article ‘Under the skin: does psychiatric outcome of bullying victimization in school persist over time? A prospective intervention study’. (2021) Jantzer, V., Ossa, F.C., Eppelmann, L., Parzer, P., Resch, F., & Kaess, M.
  • Open Access JCPP Original Article ‘Prevalence and course of anxiety disorders and symptoms from preschool to adolescence: a 6-wave community study’. (2021) Steinsbekk, S., Ranum, B., & Wichstrøm., L.
  • Open Access JCPP Original Article ‘Within-family relations of mental health problems across childhood and adolescence’. (2022) Speyer, L.G., Hall, H.A., Hang, Y., Hughes, C., & Murray, A. L.
  • Open Access CAMH Review ‘School-based interventions to improve mental health literacy and reduce mental health stigma – a systematic review’. (2022) Kei Yan Ma, K., Anderson, J. K., & Burn. A.
  • Open Access CAMH Review ‘Universal mental health interventions for young students in adverse environments – a systematic review of evaluated interventions’. (2021) Higgen,S., Mueller, J. T., & Mösko, M.
  • Open Access CAMH Review ‘Delivering mental health support within schools and colleges – a thematic synthesis of barriers and facilitators to implementation of indicated psychological interventions for adolescents’. (2020) Gee, B., Wilson, J., Clarke, T., Farthing, S., Carroll, B., et al. 
  • Open Access CAMH Original Article ‘Identifying and changing cognitive vulnerability in the classroom: preliminary evaluation of CUES-Ed, a school-based universal cognitive behavioural early intervention service for 7–10 year olds’. (2021) Underwood, R., Redfern, A., Plant, D., Bracegirdle, K., Browning, S., & Jolley, S.


Which date is Children’s Mental Health Week 2022?

Matt Kempen

7-13 February

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