Exploring the Role of Nature in Childhood Development and Mental Health
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by William Lan
1w ago
The importance of nature in children’s development and mental health is a topic that is increasingly gaining attention in contemporary research (McAdams et al., 2023). From improving cognitive functions to reducing symptoms of stress – studies in renowned journals like JCPP Advances and CAMH suggest that regular nature experiences not only enhance the well-being of children but are also essential for their holistic development. In this blog post, we dive into the world of child and adolescent psychiatry and explore how experiences in nature can serve as a catalyst for healthy growth. Unveiling ..read more
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Help us test the new CPD learning platform – ACAMH Learn
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by Matt Kempen
1w ago
It’s a very exciting time for ACAMH as we are nearing the completion of ACAMH Learn, our online learning portal for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. We have been working hard creating content and building a technical platform that works with our existing website. ACAMH Learn contains presentations from some of the world’s most respected experts, researchers and practitioners in CAMH. We have commissioned brand new learning material addressing some of the top priorities in CAMH, including Anxiety Disorders, Autism, ADHD and Eating Disorders. New content will be added to the site regularly. C ..read more
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Sustaining Equity, Retaining Talent: Tackling Systemic Inequity for Women in Science and Research
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by Dr. Zoe Smith
2w ago
11 February was established in 2015 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to recognise us as agents of change, yet women are still underpaid and undervalued for the work they do. Women are continually subjected to systems that actively make our workforce weaker due to excluding women from leadership in science and research. Women and girls consistently need to work harder for less and unless systems are set up to actively change this inequity, our world will continue to suffer. When intersectionality is considered, Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latina/é/o, and Middle Eastern/North ..read more
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National Mentorship Month: My 2-Week Dive into ACAMH
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by Priyanka Joshi
2w ago
As a passionate student pursuing an MA in Publishing, I recently embarked on a two-week work placement with Publications department at the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH). It was a nice co-incidence that the work placement was in January which is celebrated as National Mentorship month in order to raise awareness about the power and impact of mentoring. This immersive experience gave me invaluable insights into the intricate world of academic publishing. I learnt about the specific demands and ethical considerations in academic publishing and the ever-evolving techno ..read more
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My Voice Matters – The Importance of Lived Experience and Expression to Create Positive Change
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by Charlotte Bailey
3w ago
In the latest report from the Mental Health of Children and Young People in England survey, it was found that about 1 in 5 (20.3%) children and young people aged 8 to 25 years had a probable mental health disorder. Furthermore, the Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics report that 739,751 children and young people accessed mental health services (directly or indirectly) within a 12 month period (November 2022 to November 2023), compared to 698,572 from the previous 12 month period. Despite this, many children and young people experience or fear stigma, and discrimination, regarding sharing ..read more
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Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and Alternative Provision in Education
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by ACAMH podcasts
1M ago
In this In Conversation podcast, we are joined by the President of PRUsAP, Sarah Johnson. Sarah also advises the Department for Education for Alternative Provision and is the Director of Pheonix Education Consultancy. Sarah also has two books coming out this Autumn focusing on social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) which are part of the series ‘All about SEMH’. Discussion points include: The definition of SEMH and what Alternative Provisions are like in the UK. The challenges children with SEMH needs may face in the classroom environment. How equipped is mainstream education to support S ..read more
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Parental Mental Health: Childhood Outcomes and Importance of Creating Positive Relationships
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by Charlotte Bailey
1M ago
Starting a family can be a considered a big milestone for some, however the transition to parenthood can be difficult for both men and women, with the exacerbation or onset of mental health problems following parenthood (Challacombe, 2022). According to data from the Mental Health Foundation, approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents. Many parents with mental health conditions can manage their condition and minimise its impact on their children, especially with the right support. However, poor maternal and paternal mental health has been associated with ..read more
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International Mentoring Day
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by Dr. Luis Farhat
1M ago
On Wednesday 17 January, we celebrate the International Mentoring Day. I am an individual at the earlier stages of his career who recognizes that mentoring has been indispensable as I continue to strive towards my long-term goal of becoming a clinical researcher in child and adolescent mental health. While I am primarily based in Brazil (and undoubtedly recognize that local mentorship is critical), I have also been fortunate to have mentors in other countries, such as the US and the UK, who have shared their knowledge and opened numerous opportunities for me.  As part of the Association f ..read more
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Call for abstracts – Navigating Loss, Cultivating Strength: Strategies for Enhancing Children’s Mental Health
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by Matt Kempen
1M ago
ACAMH Malta welcome abstracts from interested professionals who would like to present their recent research, or innovative professional experience, related to loss and cultivating strength in children and adolescents. We are especially looking for presenters to discuss aspects related to trauma and loss and how to help children cope. Successful applicants will present at the ACAMH Malta Annual Conference – ‘Navigating Loss, Cultivating Strength: Strategies for Enhancing Children’s Mental Health’, talking place on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 April 2024 at Villa Arrigo.  Deadline – Thursday 2 ..read more
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Editorial: Prevention is the best cure – or is it? A cautionary tale
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by Featured ACAMH Papers
1M ago
‘Editorial: Prevention is the best cure – or is it? A cautionary tale’ Free Access paper from the JCPP In large parts of the Western world prevention is considered a necessary, core component of successful youth care practice. Yet, mental health problems in young people do not appear to have declined over the past decades. How to explain this paradox? In this editorial for the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, several possible explanations are explored, one of which centers around how prevention is being operationalized—primarily, nowadays, as a screen-and-resolve ‘troubleshooting’ a ..read more
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