The webinar began by describing real-life experiences of children who are living in or displaced from regions where there is war or conflict today, including hearing from children in Ukraine. The speakers then discussed the mental health problems often experienced by children exposed to wars, highlighting how the mental health of these children can be supported (1) by parents at home, (2) by staff in schools, and (3) by clinicians in healthcare settings. These discussions are informed by the latest research evidence.
Key things you’ll learn:
Practical tips and advice to implement immediately
Latest evidence-based research
Support and signposting for key information and resources
Professor Dennis Ougrin, ‘Understanding the context’ – describing experiences of children who are living in or displaced from regions where there is war or conflict, focusing on examples from Ukraine
Professor Rachel Calam, ‘Support from family members’ – mental health problems seen in these children and how parents/family can support affected children
Professor Mina Fazel, ‘Support in schools’ – mental health problems seen in these children at school and how schools can support affected children
Professor Andrea Danese, ‘Support from clinicians’ – mental health problems seen in these children in clinical settings and how clinicians can support affected children
Professor Dennis Ougrinis Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Youth Resilience Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London. He is also a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, leading intensive community care services. His main professional interests include the pathophysiology of self-harm in young people, effective interventions for self-harm in young people, and the prevention of borderline personality disorder. He has expertise in several research methodologies, including conducting randomised controlled trials. Professor Ougrin also leads a programme of global mental health studies aimed at developing community mental health services in Ukraine and other Low- and Middle-Income Countries, and previously led the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at King’s College London. He was also Editor-in-Chief of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a key clinical journal in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology and allied disciplines.