Youth mental health: New economic evidence

Personal Social Services Research Unit, February 2016

This report examines the economic challenges of youth mental health problems in England. The main focus is on adolescents and young adults. The findings are summarised from a review of the international evidence on the economic impact of youth mental health services, an analysis of the economic implications of youth mental health problems – including the failure to recognise or treat them – and an evaluation of two models of youth mental health service provision in England. A number of recommendations are made.

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Restoring Study 329: efficacy and harms of paroxetine and imipramine in treatment of major depression in adolescence

BMJ, 16 September 2015

The aim of this study is to reanalyse SmithKline Beecham’s Study 329 (published by Keller and colleagues in 2001), the primary objective of which was to compare the efficacy and safety of paroxetine and imipramine with placebo in the treatment of adolescents with unipolar major depression. The reanalysis under the restoring invisible and abandoned trials (RIAT) initiative was done to see whether access to and reanalysis of a full dataset from a randomised controlled trial would have clinically relevant implications for evidence based medicine.

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Preventing suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people: a toolkit for nurses

Public Health England, March 2015

These toolkits are a collaboration between the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Public Health England (PHE).

They are primarily for nurses who work with children and young people, whether in community or hospital settings, including school nurses and practice nurses.

These toolkits aim to:

  • develop skills and knowledge and recognise the wider context of mental health in relation to LGBT sexual orientation and identity.
  • provide a general outline for health professionals looking to increase their skills and knowledge around suicide prevention strategies with LGBT young people

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What works in promoting social and emotional well-being and responding to mental health problems in schools?

National Children’s Bureau, March 2015

The National Children’s Bureau have produced a one-stop advice and framework document to provide the most up-to-date and evidence informed advice and guidance for schools on ‘what works’ in promoting emotional well-being and mental health in schools.

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Promoting physical activity for children and young people

NICE Evidence Update, April 2015

A new Evidence Update has been published for NICE public health guidance 17 (2009). This provides a summary of selected new evidence published since the literature search was last conducted for the guidance.

NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence and keep health and social care professionals up-to-date with new research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

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Improving mental health services for young people

Department of Health, 17 March 2015

Dr Warren Larkin, Clinical Network Director of Children and Families network at Lancashire Care, was part of a Taskforce that contributed to the findings of a recently published Government report on Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The report sets out how recommendations to improve mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people can be achieved through better working between the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services, schools and other local services. It also makes it clear that many of the changes needed can be achieved by working differently, rather than needing significant investment.

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