“It’s like putting a penguin on the floor”: what can the perspectives of youth with autism teach us about social inclusion? #ActiveIngredientsMH

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Xanthe Hunt and Jason Bantjes consider the perspectives of autistic young people affected by social exclusion, and present early findings from their new active ingredients review which looks at the role of social inclusion interventions in improving adolescent mental health.

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Global pandemic: how do teenagers and families feel?

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Dafni Katsampa reflects on a new piece of qualitative research led by a 15 year old researcher, which focuses on teenagers’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and presents a set of recommendations for parents and families that cover mental wellbeing, the importance of routine, exercise and screen time.

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Poor school attendance and anxiety: what’s the link?

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Lucinda Powell summarises a recent systematic review about the association between anxiety and poor attendance at school, which suggests links between anxiety and unexcused absences/truancy, and school refusal.

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Community supported discharge service for teenagers leaving psychiatric hospital

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Robyn Murphy summarises an RCT that compares the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an intensive community supported discharge service versus treatment as usual for adolescents with psychiatric emergencies.

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