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Child mental health: is it in crisis?
Child mental health: is it in crisis?

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This free course was written by Phillipa Waterhouse, and is based on OU K119 course materials written by Mathijs Lucassen.

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Section 1 image: Headlines:

  • Beal, J. (2022) ‘Child mental health services at “breaking point” as referrals rise’, The Times, 11 April. Available at: (Accessed: 14 December 2023).
  • Buckland, D. (2022) ‘Parents in plea for support as mental health crisis takes toll on youngsters’, Express, 7 August. Available at: (Accessed: 14 December 2023).
  • Independent (2022) ‘Youth mental health is in crisis. Are schools doing enough?’, 17 August. Available at: (Accessed: 14 December 2023).
  • Johnston, L. and McCann, J. (2022) ‘Campaigners warn the UK is facing mental health crisis for youth’, Express, 21 August. Available at: (Accessed: 14 December 2023).
  • Lewis, J. (2022) ‘The teenage mental health crisis is now a societal disaster’, The Telegraph, 12 October. Available at: (Accessed: 14 December 2023).

Section 2.1 image: © The Open University

Figure 1: Adapted from Siddaway, A.P., Wood, A.M. and Cartwright-Hatton, S. (2014) ‘Involving parents in cognitive-behavioral therapy for child anxiety problems: a case study’, Clinical Case Studies, 13(4), pp. 322–35.


Activity 3 video: © Hamlett Films/The Open University

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