This list of books for children and tweens all feature characters dealing with situations where they feel lonely or isolated and who deal with their emotions by going on adventures, finding new friends and expressing themselves in a variety of ingenious ways. If your child is lonely, or you think that they might be, these stories can help to kickstart conversations about how they are feeling and things they can do to help. They may also help them to understand that feeling lonely sometimes is very common and that they aren’t alone.
Researcher of the Month: Dr Jerica Radez Discusses Help-Seeking for Teenagers with Depression and Anxiety
Our researcher of the month, Dr Jerica Radez, talks to Dr Weston about barriers and facilitators to help-seeking for teens with anxiety or depression. They discuss Dr Radez’s recent paper, examining how parents, schools and GPs can best encourage adolescents to seek help when they need it and Dr Radez tells us about her new simple screening tool, for use in any setting.
Our researcher of the month, Simon Brett, talks to Dr Weston about his project which assesses the impact of using a specific type of therapy to treat teen depression in school settings. They discuss the barriers to conventional treatment for teenagers, the way that Brief Behavioural Activation therapy works and the important role that parents can play.
There are huge numbers of books and resources available to help support children’s mental health and it can feel hard to know where to start. We’ve picked out some that come highly recommended and broken them down into easy to digest sections. You’ll find both fiction to inspire a positive mindset and practical workbooks.
Dr Weston Talks with Professor Shirley Reynolds: Depression and Supporting Young People throughout the Pandemic
In this podcast, Dr Weston speaks to Professor Shirley Reynolds about depression in young people, especially in the context of COVID-19. They explore the role that parents can play in spotting symptoms of depression, understanding the disorder and supporting recovery.