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Child mental health: is it in crisis?

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Child mental health: is it in crisis?

There is much discussion about the issue of children and young people’s mental health problems in the media, and we often hear this issue referred to as a ‘crisis’. But what does the evidence say? Are rates of mental health problems rising? In this free course, Child mental health: is it in crisis?, you will explore these important questions as well as delving into a case study of a young person with anxiety who is refusing to go to school, which is based on the real-life experiences of a service user of a child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS).

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course K119 Wellbeing across the lifecourse.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain what the evidence says about whether child mental health is in crisis in the UK
  • apply the ethical concepts of autonomy and paternalism to the example of school refusal
  • describe how professionals and others assess children and young people with commonly occurring mental health problems.

First Published: 31/01/2024

Updated: 31/01/2024

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