How do young adults with diabetes or mental health problems engage with online health information?


Sarah Knowles explores a qualitative study of young adults’ perspectives on producing and consuming user-generated content about diabetes and mental health.

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Mental health support for children with learning disabilities


In her debut blog, Christine Burke from the Mental Health Foundation considers what good mental health support should look like for children and young people with learning disabilities.

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Does teenage cannabis use lower intelligence?


Ian Hamilton presents his debut blog on a recent prospective cohort study on the relationship between teenage cannabis use, IQ and educational attainment.

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How can we improve mental health services for young people? Ask them


Sarah Knowles appraises and summarises a thematic analysis of young people’s views of UK mental health services, which calls for greater involvement of young people themselves in redesigning services to be more engaging and accessible.

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Do mental health websites improve help-seeking in adolescents?


Maxine Howard summarises the findings of a recent review of online mental health services for young people, which finds little evidence to suggest that websites increase help-seeking in adolescents.

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Helping young people with psychosis return to work: early intervention services need to do more


Stephen Wood summarises a recent cluster RCT of vocational rehabilitation in early psychosis, which finds that early intervention services need to do more to help young people with psychosis return to work.

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NICE evidence update: Interventions to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable young people


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have recently searched for any new evidence that may be relevant to a public health guideline published in 2007; ‘Interventions to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable young people’. In this blog I summarise the new evidence that has emerged and highlight whether or not it is likely [read the full story…]

Systematic review identifies key parenting factors associated with adolescent depression and anxiety


Parenting is a tough gig. As a mum of three, I can honestly say that nothing in my everyday professional life comes close to the trials and tribulations of guiding small people through toddlerhood and beyond. Parenting advice comes thick and fast from all corners, most of it unsolicited, some of it anecdotal, much of [read the full story…]