Nottinghamshire Insight

Joint strategic needs assessment

Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People (2014)

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Topic title Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People (2014)
Topic owner Children’s Trust
Topic author(s) Ruth Baker, Specialty Registrar in Public Health Kate Allen, Consultant in Public Health
Topic quality reviewed March 2014
Topic endorsed by Children’s Trust
Topic approved by Children’s Trust 11.07.2014
Current version 24.7.2014
Replaces version 25.11.2013
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Executive summary

Chapter summary

Mental health has been defined as ‘the strength and capacity of our minds to grow and develop, to be able to overcome difficulties and challenges and to make the most of our abilities and opportunities’ (Young Minds, 2006).

Good mental and emotional health is essential to enable children and young people to fulfil their potential and achieve positive health, social and educational outcomes. Unlike many health problems, mental illness tends to start early and persists into and throughout adulthood.

There has been increasing national recognition and evidence of the importance of prioritising the mental and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. There is also compelling evidence of the effectiveness of interventions to improve children and young people’s resilience and emotional wellbeing, beginning in pregnancy through to adolescent years and beyond.

Evidence at a national level suggests that the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people is deteriorating. There is limited data locally and nationally on the prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people, meaning the exact prevalence in Nottinghamshire is not known.

Population estimates for Nottinghamshire are therefore based on the most comprehensive data available whilst also taking into account variations due to known risk factors for mental disorders.

This section considers local prevalence levels, risk factors for emotional and mental health problems, current local service provision and considerations for the future.

Key contacts

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