Preventing mental illness, at long last

lily-banse-363743-unsplash

Peter Byrne, the Public Mental Health lead at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, welcomes a new BMA report entitled: “Tackling the Causes – promoting public mental health and investing in prevention”.

[read the full story...]

Oral health status: Does it have an impact of school attendance and performance?

shutterstock_156617546

This review of the influence of oral health on school performance and school attendance included 18 observational studies and suggests a significant relationship between poor dental health and scchool attendance and performance.

[read the full story...]

Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management: STARS trial suggests benefits for children’s mental health

rawpixel-660721-unsplash (1)

Neil Humphrey is impressed by the STARS cluster randomised controlled trial published today in Psychological Medicine, which evaluates the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management programme in primary school children.

[read the full story...]

The case for social-emotional competence: essential skills for school and life? #MHED2018

kiana-bosman-572117-unsplash2

Michael Wigelsworth summarises a review by Celene Domitrovich on social-emotional competence, which she describes as an essential factor in promoting positive adjustment and reducing risk in children.

[read the full story...]

School-based mental health services: a good idea?

education-3189934_1280

Pooky Knightsmith writes her debut elf blog on a recent meta-analysis, which looks at the effectiveness of school-based mental health services for 5-10 year old children.

[read the full story...]

Teacher burnout: can we prevent it, or is that the wrong question?

hustle-and-bustle-1738072_1280

As we prepare for our Youth Mental Health Question Time event in London this evening, Lucinda Powell considers a meta-analysis looking at the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing teacher burnout.

[read the full story...]

Can gamified cCBT prevent depression in secondary school students?

Screen Shot 2017-12-21 at 10.55.55

Lisa Burscheidt summarises a school-based RCT of an online gamified cCBT intervention (SPARX-R) for preventing depression in final year secondary school students in Australia.

[read the full story...]

Mindfulness in schools: what next?

binoculars-100590_1280

Jennifer Hanratty summarises the recent Campbell review on mindfulness-based interventions for improving cognition, academic achievement, behaviour and socioemotional functioning in schools. She considers what school leaders, researchers and policy makers should do next, considering the current uncertainty around mindfulness in schools.

[read the full story...]

Mindfulness for young people: to meta-analyse or not to meta-analyse?

meditating-1894762_1280

Sarah McDonald and André Tomlin consider another meta-analysis of mindfulness in young people, which finds “small effect sizes on a range of outcomes”. They conclude that we badly need more RCTs that reliably evaluate the effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness of mindfulness in young people.

[read the full story...]

Focus on the person, not the problem #CORCforum

zivile-arunas-207539

André Tomlin considers a new article about high integrity mental health services for children, which calls for mental health and wellbeing support to draw on self, families, school and community resources.

[read the full story...]