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January 2021

This issue of The Bridge features summaries of recent child and adolescent mental health research. I hope you enjoy reading about this excellent work which improves our understanding of a wide range of conditions and informs mental health care for young people.

If you’d like to know more about some studies we feature, or you’d like to build skills in critical appraisal of research, consider joining our informal journal club sessions called CAMHS around the Campfire, led by ACAMH and the Mental Elf. During each free online webinar, a panel of experts discuss a research paper and its implications for young people, and answer questions posed by the audience. The expert panels include researchers, clinicians, and young people with lived experience, who provide their unique perspectives.

At our first CAMHS around the Campfire, held last month, we had a really thoughtful and informative discussion about sleep, anxiety, and depression in young people, based on a paper recently featured in The Bridge. If you missed the webinar and would like to catch up, you can find the recording and resources here.

At our next CAMHS around the Campfire, on Thursday 28th January at 5pm GMT, we will discuss a qualitative study which explored adolescents’ experiences of voice hearing. This research, conducted by Dr Sarah Parry and Dr Filippo Varese, found that voices heard by young people can have a range of forms and functions. This interesting research is summarised in this issue of The Bridge. To join our discussion about this topic at the next CAMHS around the Campfire, book your place.

Please read on to find out about this and many other important studies.