World Mental Health Day: key concerns, best practice and research around young people’s mental health

Posted: 13th October 2021

The World Health Organisation recognises the day on 10 October each year.

This year, the theme was set by the World Federation for Mental Health following 18 months in which the pandemic has exacerbated inequality in support for marginalised groups.

Experts have warned children and young people face a mental health crisis with services facing a “tipping point”.

Particular concerns have been raised around access to support for children from disadvantaged families as well as those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, children in the care system and care leavers.

Campaigners have also called for increased support for young people in the youth secure estate highlighting the need for tailored support for women and girls and young black men.

CYP Now has collated a range of articles exploring the causes, impact and solutions of increasing mental health problems for children and young people:

Key concerns


Impact of pandemic


Social care


Special educational needs and disabilities

Youth secure estate

Best practice


Blogs and opinions

 Source: Children & Young People Now

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