Positive Events Predict…

Life events happen to everyone – they’re the sort of thing you get on the phone to people about – “I just broke up with someone”, “I’m moving house” etc. They can range from something with a big impact like emigrating to the other side of the world, where pretty much everything is going toContinue reading “Positive Events Predict…”

Repost: Signs Your Child Might Be Struggling With Depression

I recently wrote a blog post for Trigger publishing – they’re developing a mental health hub full of useful articles. They asked me to write about children’s mental health for Children’s Mental Health Week. Specifically something about the signs of depression in children. It’s not a straightfoward topic – no two children are the sameContinue reading “Repost: Signs Your Child Might Be Struggling With Depression”

Child mental health problems have increased by almost 50% since 2017

A survey conducted by NHS Digital to explore child mental health found the rates of children who are experiencing a probable mental disorder had increased by almost half since 2017. It used to be one in nine (10.8%) but by July this year it was one in six (16%). The increase was fastest amongst primaryContinue reading “Child mental health problems have increased by almost 50% since 2017”

Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire – what does it mean?

One of the most common screening questionnaires for children’s mental health is the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). It’s used in research studies, clinical assessments, as well as schools to help inform Personal Education Plans. The SDQ has five subscales: emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity/inattention, peer relationships and prosocial behaviour. There is also an impactContinue reading “Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire – what does it mean?”

Mental Health in Schools

It’s slightly overwhelming to think that about 10% of children or adolescents have some sort of mental health issue. And mental health isn’t just a personal problem; it affects families, communities and society in general. In school terms, that’s roughly three pupils in every classroom, and I’m sure many teachers know only too well howContinue reading “Mental Health in Schools”

Half-Term, Full Lockdown

As cases of coronavirus begin to rise again I’m beginning to get a horrible feeling of déjà vu. I’m assuming nobody wants to go back to a full lockdown, and although we’re currently being assured that this won’t happen there are rumblings of a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown during half-term – anyone else having flashbacks atContinue reading “Half-Term, Full Lockdown”

Children’s Mental Health During Coronavirus

The following is something I wrote for Shaw Mind in June. I work as a mental health researcher. That means one of my favourite things to do is look stuff up on the internet. And the pandemic has given me plenty of things to look up: signs, symptoms, restrictions, rules, not to mention an arrayContinue reading “Children’s Mental Health During Coronavirus”

Finished The Book!

It’s been a while since I blogged but I’ve been busy trying to get a few things done. It’s been a productive few weeks, which has been great but very busy. Finally, Charlie & The Black Dog is finished! All the writing is done and the illustrations have been completed too – it’s looking reallyContinue reading “Finished The Book!”