Let’s Connect – Creating Meaningful Connections to Support Mental Health

As reported by NHS Digital in their wave 3 follow-up to the 2017 survey on Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, conducted in 2022, 18% of children aged 7 to 16 years had a probable mental health disorder and, in young people aged 17 to 19 years, the rates of probable mental disorders rose from 1 in 6 in 2021 to 1 in 4 in 2022.

Children’s Mental Health Week (6 – 12 February 2023) presents an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its ninth year, Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 focuses on the theme of ‘Let’s Connect’; encouraging the need for meaningful connections to support our mental health and wellbeing.

By focusing on ‘Let’s Connect’, alongside our vision of ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’, and our mission to ‘Improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 0-25’, we encourage you to focus on how we, as a society, can help encourage connections with others in healthy and meaningful ways, to improve children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

With this in mind, do explore the learning opportunities available on our website, and do 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.


Topic Guides


  • NEW Blog by Rasanat Fatima Nawaz and Professor Tamsin Ford ‘Let’s Connect – Children’s Mental Health Week 2023’
  • Blog by Sally Hogg, ‘Understanding Early Trauma: The case for supporting parent-infant relationships’


  • Podcast with Sally Hogg ‘Early Trauma and Importance of Early Relationships’
  • Podcast with Dr. Hope Christie ‘Harmful Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Parents and Carers’
  • Podcast with Dr. Sînziana Oncioiu, Professor Lucy Bowes and Carolina Guzman Holst ‘Bullying and Mental Health: Impact and Interventions’
  • Podcast with Dr. Rebecca Rolland ‘How to Communicate with Children’
  • Podcast with Dr. Tina Rae ‘Supporting Child Refugees in Educational Settings’

Lectures, talks and discussions

  • Recorded Lecture ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences for schools – a MindEd e-learning Training’ with Dr. Brian Jacobs and Dr. John Ivens
  • Recorded Lecture ‘Working with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Young People’ with Dr. Ana Draper, Elisa Marcellino, Dr. Arnon Bentovim, Carol Jolliffe, and Sue Holmes
  • Recorded Lecture ‘Bullying and Loneliness ‘Pedagogy in practice’’ with Dr. Verity Jones, Sharon Mangoma, Harriet Gill and Jenny Barksfield
  • Recorded Lecture ‘How to Cope When Your Child Can’t: How parents can help themselves and each other’  with Ursula Saunders, Dr. Alice Welham, Professor Roz Shafran, Wendy Minhinnett and Kathryn Pugh MBE

Video abstracts

  • 6 min Video Abstract by Rebecca Anthony ‘Young people’s online communication and its association with mental well-being’

Open Access papers from ACAMH journals

  • Open Access JCPP Advances Research Review ‘The effect of perinatal interventions on parent anxiety, infant socio-emotional development and parent-infant relationship outcomes: A systematic review’. (2022) Celia G. Smith, Emily J. H. Jones, Sam V. Wass, Dean Jacobs, Cassie Fitzpatrick, Tony Charman
  • Open Access JCPP Advances Research Review ‘Examining harmful impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures on parents and carers in the United Kingdom: A rapid review’. (2022) Hope Christie, Lucy V. Hiscox, Sarah L. Halligan, Cathy Creswell
  • Open Access JCPP Advances Original Article ‘Trajectories of childhood social isolation in a nationally representative cohort: Associations with antecedents and early adulthood outcomes’. (2022) Katherine N. Thompson, Candice L. Odgers, Bridget T. Bryan, Andrea Danese, Barry J. Milne, Lily Strange, Timothy Matthews, Louise Arseneault
  • Open Access JCPP Advances Original Article ‘The protective role of father behaviour in the relationship between maternal postnatal depression and child mental health’. (2022) Alex F. Martin, Barbara Maughan, Matt Jaquiery, Edward D. Barker
  • Open Access JCPP Advances Original Article ‘Wellbeing, coping with homeschooling, and leisure behavior at different COVID-19-related lockdowns: A longitudinal study in 9- to 16-year-old German children’. (2022) Tanja Poulain, Christof Meigen, Wieland Kiess, Mandy Vogel
  • Open Access CAMH Review Article ‘Recommendations for male-friendly counselling with adolescent males: A qualitative systematic literature review’. (2023) Micah Boerma, Nathan Beel, Carla Jeffries, Jesse Ruse
  • Open Access CAMH Review Article ‘Can digital mental health interventions bridge the ‘digital divide’ for socioeconomically and digitally marginalised youth? A systematic review’. (2022) Rowena Piers, Joanne M. Williams, Helen Sharpe
  • Open Access CAMH Review Article ‘Interventions addressing loneliness amongst university students: a systematic review’. (2022) Olivia Betty Ellard, Christina Dennison, Helena Tuomainen
  • Open Access CAMH Review Article ‘Cultural adaptations to psychosocial interventions for families with refugee/asylum-seeker status in the United Kingdom – a systematic review’. (2022) Alice Taylor, Gillian Radford, Clara Calia
  • Open Access JCPP Original Article ‘Paternal perinatal stress is associated with children’s emotional problems at 2 years’. (2022) Fiona L. Challacombe, Johanna T. Pietikäinen, Olli Kiviruusu, Outi Saarenpää-Heikkilä, Tiina Paunio, E. Juulia Paavonen
  • Open Access JCPP Annual Research Review ‘Developmental pathways linking early behavioral inhibition to later anxiety’. (2022) Nathan A. Fox, Selin Zeytinoglu, Emilio A. Valadez, George A. Buzzell, Santiago Morales, Heather A. Henderson
  • Open Access JCPP Original Article ‘Understanding the relationships between trauma type and individual posttraumatic stress symptoms: a cross-sectional study of a clinical sample of children and adolescents’. (2022) Marianne Skogbrott Birkeland, Ane-Marthe Solheim Skar, Tine K. Jensen
  • Open Access JCPP Original Article ‘Evidence for machine learning guided early prediction of acute outcomes in the treatment of depressed children and adolescents with antidepressants’. (2022) Arjun P. Athreya, Jennifer L. Vande Voort, Julia Shekunov, Sandra J. Rackley, Jarrod M. Leffler, Alastair J. McKean, Magdalena Romanowicz, Betsy D. Kennard, Graham J. Emslie, Taryn Mayes, Madhukar Trivedi, Liewei Wang, Richard M. Weinshilboum, William V. Bobo, Paul E. Croarkin
  • Open Access JCPP Commentary ‘Recognizing our similarities and celebrating our differences – parenting across cultures as a lens toward social justice and equity’. (2022) Natasha J. Cabrera

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