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Tackling mental health problems in children and young people: the importance of early intervention

Tackling mental health problems in children and young people: the importance of early intervention

16th May 2018
09:15 to 10:45

Tackling mental health problems in children and young people: the importance of early intervention

A joint event by the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group and CLOSER, the home of longitudinal research 

According to the Mental Health Foundation, 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24. Society is waking up to the fact that children and young people are today dealing with many psychological pressures affecting their mental health, not least of all those linked to social media and to cyber-bullying.

Social media is only part of the problem. Children and young people's family circumstances may be less secure, disadvantage is increasing in some social groups, and other factors such as sedentary lifestyles, eating disorders and substance abuse may be contributing to children and young people having a diminished sense of wellbeing, as well as heightened anxiety about the future.

If we do not tackle mental health problems in young people, they could face a lifetime of stigma, disadvantage, mental ill-health, and even suicide - now the leading cause of death in men under 45.

To discuss this pressing problem and potential solutions, we are joined by four speakers who are experts in their field. Professor Arseneault’s research focuses on the study of harmful behaviours such as violence, bullying and substance dependence, their origins, their inter-connections with mental health, and the consequences for their victims.

At a time when the Commons Health and Social Care and Education Select Committees are holding a joint inquiry into transforming children and young people's mental health provision, designed to scrutinise the Government’s green paper on the subject, we do hope you can join the APHG and CLOSER for this important event in Parliament.

 

Chair: The RT Hon Norman Lamb MP

Speakers confirmed

  • Luciana Berger MP, Member of the Health and Social Care Committee
  • Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, Young Minds
  • Louise Arseneault, Professor of Developmental Psychology, King’s College London, and ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow
  • Helen Gilburt, Research Fellow, The King's Fund