The prevalence of digital self-harm among adolescents


Alexander Foster and Tatiana Salisbury publish their debut blog on a recent study of digital self-harm in adolescents. In case you’re wondering, digital self-harm is the anonymous online posting, sending or sharing of hurtful content about oneself.

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Prevention and early intervention for youth mental illness: how should we focus our limited resources? #MQScienceMeeting


André Tomlin presents a summary of all the evidence we have highlighted over the last 3 years relating to prevention and early intervention for mental illness in young people.

This blog accompanies the #MQScienceMeeting coverage this week, which you can follow on Twitter.

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Youth online discussion forums: how do young people support each other and what do they talk about?


Masters students from the ICH Child and Adolescent Mental Health course explore a recent qualitative study into how young people use the Kooth online discussion forum for emotional and mental health issues.

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Can gamified cCBT prevent depression in secondary school students?

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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.

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Bullying in childhood and adolescence: we need to do better


Tamsin Ford publishes her debut elf blog on an annual research review by Louise Arseneault in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, which looks at the persistent and pervasive impact of being bullied in childhood and adolescence, and considers important implications for policy and practice.

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Depression in fathers affects children as much as depression in mothers


Jennifer Burgess writes her debut elf blog on evidence from two population-based cohorts of the association between depression in fathers and their adolescent children.

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Autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases associated with higher risk of eating disorders


Francesca Solmi appraises and summaries a recent population-based cohort study that explores the links between eating disorders and autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases.

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Bullying in childhood: cause or consequence of mental health problems? #AntiBullyingWeek

Victims who reported being bullied on numerous occasions had higher rates of psychosis

Stefan Brugger publishes his debut elf blog on a recent study, which looks at the role of vulnerability and resilience in relation to mental health and bullying in childhood.

Today marks the start of #AntiBullyingWeek, so look out for lots of activity around this theme on social media.

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Brief behavioural therapy for children and adolescents with anxiety and depression


Mona Jones publishes her debut elf blog on a recent RCT of brief behavioural therapy for paediatric anxiety and depression in primary care.

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