World Mental Health Day 2021: Mental Health in an Unequal World

Matt Kempen
Marketing Manager for ACAMH

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The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. The events of 2020 reemphasised the social, economic, and cultural inequalities that continue to exist in our modern world and these inequalities can have a significant impact on mental health.

By focusing on ‘mental health in an unequal world’, alongside our vision of ‘sharing best evidence, improving practice’, we urge you to focus on how we, as a society, can tackle mental health inequality both locally and globally.

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

What does the latest evidence and research tell us?
How does social/cultural/economic inequalities affect child and adolescent mental health?

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 our unequal world.


Commentary by Dr. Gordana Milavić MD., F.R.C.Psych. – ACAMH Chair

Podcast with Dr. Yasmin Ahmadzadeh ‘Genetically informed family research, and anti-racism in mental health research’

Podcast with Associate Professor Mina Fazel ‘Child refugee mental health needs’

Research Digest ‘Child soldiers exposed to more violence and combat are at greater risk of mental health problems’

Research Digest ‘Psychosocial interventions for disruptive behaviour problems are feasible in low and middle-income countries’

Research Digest ‘Trauma-focused group intervention is superior to usual care for young refugees’

Video Abstract from Professor Helen Minnis and Lisa Dinkler ‘Is childhood maltreatment a risk factor for increased symptoms of neurodevelopmental disorders’

Video Abstract from Tochukwu Nweze ‘Working for the future: parentally deprived Nigerian Children have enhanced working memory ability’

Video Abstract from Dr. Claudia Lugo-Candelas ‘ADHD and risk for subsequent adverse childhood experiences: understanding the cycle of adversity’

Open Access JCPP Paper ‘Sex, ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities and trajectories in child and adolescent mental health in Australia and the UK: findings from national prospective longitudinal studies’ (2021). Terhaag, S., Fitzsimons, E., Daraganova, G., & Patalay, P.

Open Access JCPP Annual Research Review ‘Achieving universal health coverage for young children with autism spectrum disorder in low- and middle-income countries: a review of reviews’ (2021) Divan, G. et al

Free Access JCPP Editorial ‘Is child mental health research structurally racist?’ (2021). Kollins, S.H.

Free Access JCPP Editorial Perspective ‘Prescribing measures: unintended negative consequences of mandating standardized mental health measurement’ (2020) Patalay,P., & Fried, E.I.

Open Access JCPP Annual Research Review ‘A multilevel bioecological analysis of factors influencing the mental health and psychosocial well-being of refugee children’ (2020). Arakelyan, S. & Ager, A.

Open Access CAMH Debate ‘Child and adolescent mental health services in Pakistan; Do we need in-patient mental health facilities for children and young people?’ (2021) Syed Usman Hamdani, Zill-e- Huma, Asad Tamizuddin-Nizami

Free Access CAMH Editorial Perspective ‘Health inequalities, children and young people and the pandemic’ (2021) Marmot, M.

Free Access CAMH Editorial Perspective ‘Mental health needs of children and young people of Black ethnicity. Is it time to reconceptualise racism as a traumatic experience?’ (2021) Ayodeji, E., Dubicka, B., et al.

Open Access CAMH Article ‘Clinicians’ use of and attitudes towards technology to provide and support interventions in child and adolescent mental health services’ (2019) Cliffe, B., Croker, A., Denne, M., & Stallard P.

Open Access CAMH Review ‘Economic evidence of preventive interventions for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents – a systematic review’ (2021) Anna-Kaisa, V., et al.

Open Access CAMH Review ‘Striving for happily ever after – supportive interventions for youth leaving residential placement – a systematic review’ (2021) Waaler, P., et al.

Open Access CAMH Article ‘Long-term outcome of intensive home treatment for children and adolescents with mental health problems – 4 years after a randomized controlled clinical trial’ (2021) Boege, I., et al.

Open Access CAMH Article ‘Sociodemographic factors associated with routine outcome monitoring: a historical cohort study of 28,382 young people accessing child and adolescent mental health services’ (2020) Morris, A.C., et al.

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.

Free Access CAMH Debate ‘Exposing the most serious infirmity – racism’s impact on health in the era of COVID-19’ (2020) Farquharson, W.H., & Thornton, C.J.

Open Access CAMH Debate ‘Mentalising remotely – The AFNCCF’s adaptations to the coronavirus crisis’ (2020) Fonagy, P., Campbell, C., Truscott, A.,& Fuggle, P.

Free Access CAMH Debate ‘COVID-19 and school mental health in Pakistan’ (2020) Irshad Mian A., & Sanober Chachar, A.,

Open Access CAMH Debate ‘Is there a true global children and young people’s mental health crisis, fact or fiction?’ (2021) Ford, T., & Cross, L.

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