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October 2022
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Supporting the mental health and well-being of children and young people is a top priority for parents, caregivers and teachers, but it can be tricky to find reliable and evidence-based information. Written by an experienced child and adolescent psychiatrist, in a user-friendly question and answer format, this book outlines the mental health challenges facing our children and young people and offers practical advice on how to best support them. The book covers a wide range of topics, including how biological factors and lifestyle factors affect mental health, parenting strategies, managing school, building networks of support, and connecting with children and young people. It gives a broad overview of the most common mental health difficulties and disorders, and considers how they can be managed. A must read for anyone looking to understand what a child or young person may be experiencing and why, and the practical ways in which to effectively support them.


‘I would recommend this book to anyone who has children and to anyone who works with children and young people. Easily readable yet thorough, one of those books you can refer to time and time again.’

Dr Marta Costa - Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, currently working with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

‘As a parent or teacher, it is hard to know how best to support children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. It can feel at times like a journey without a map. This book, written by an experienced child and adolescent psychiatrist, fills a gap by providing information about these difficulties, how they develop, what you can expect and what you can do about them. Dr. Simmons is able to convey the complexities of mental health problems in a clear, humane and sensitive way and her practical insights on how to help children and young people will give direction and encouragement to parents, carers and teachers.’

Dr Anne Stewart - Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Oxford Health and University of Oxford, UK

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