Dr. Meinou Simmons, an experienced Consultant Child and Adolescent psychiatrist working in the NHS in Oxford, UK, published a book ‘A Guide to the Mental Health of Children and Young People: Q and A for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers’ with Cambridge University Press in association with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in November 2022. The webinar is based on this book, and draws on the most important take-home points for supportive adults. It is designed to be dipped into rather than read cover to cover and provides signposts to a number of helpful resources including websites and books.
About the session
Dr. Meinou Simmons clinical knowledge is backed up by recent research evidence, with practical tips and advice for parents, teachers, and caregivers. The session will give supportive adults confidence in understanding the basics of children and young people’s mental health, including important factors which influence it, as well as giving an overview of common mental health difficulties and disorders with several case examples. Listen to the recent podcast with Meinou on ‘Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health – An insight for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers’ to gain an overview of her work.
Key learning points
- To consider how we conceptualise youth mental health and the bio-psycho-social model
- To understand the common factors which impact on youth mental health
- To recognise and manage common mental health difficulties including anxiety and mood difficulties
- To understand the main management approaches in young people’s mental health services
- To obtain some useful youth mental health resources
About the speaker
Dr. Meinou Simmons is Consultant Child and Adolescent psychiatrist working in the NHS in Oxford, UK. She recently published a book ‘A Guide to the Mental Health of Children and Young People: Q and A for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers’ which aims to help supportive adults better understand youth mental health issues.
Dr. Simmons also has a longstanding interest in medical education. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Oxford and is the local Training Programme Director in her field. More recently, Dr. Simmons has broadened her interest to include public mental health education.