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March 2021

Welcome to the March 2021 issue of The Bridge!

This issue includes an excellent article on mood disorders in autistic young people, written by experts Dr Emily Jackson, Dr Eleanor Smith, and Dr Aditya Sharma. The authors thoughtfully discuss the overlap between these conditions, challenges in identifying their co-occurrence, and adaptations needed for interventions. They use an evidence-based approach to inform best practice, and highlight the importance of recognising and addressing comorbid mood disorders to improve affected autistic young people’s quality of life.

In The Bridge this month, we also feature fascinating research, recently published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH). This research covers a wide range of developmental, emotional, and behavioural conditions experienced by young people, and uses innovative approaches to better understand the course of illness, neurobiology, risks, and effectiveness of interventions. I hope you enjoy reading!

Updates to The Bridge

There are exciting changes ahead for The Bridge, as we’re planning updates to help us better share the latest clinically relevant child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) research, best practice, and policy, with a focus on accessibility for busy CAMH professionals. As part of these updates, we’re changing to publish quarterly; and we’ll be back in the Summer with our next issue in our new format. I’m keen that we continue to improve so that The Bridge is as useful as possible for our readers. Please do email me at with any feedback or suggestions. I’d really like to hear from you!