Mind and Body: The interface between physical and mental health in children and young people

Physical health and mental health are closely interconnected. This tutorial provides a vital introduction to the common ways they can interact, aimed at both physical and mental healthcare professionals working with children and young people.

It explains how:

  • mental health problems in children can affect their physical health
  • emotional and behavioural problems are sometimes the first presentation of brain disorders
  • mental health disorders can develop as a consequence of poor physical health.

It also covers what services are available to assess and support children and their families, and what other professionals should be involved.  Allow approximately 20 minutes to work through the tutorial, which includes case studies and self-test questions

This resource was developed by Elena Garralda, Emeritus Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Imperial College London, and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Central and North West London Foundation Trust. It was created as part of MindEd: a free collection of over 260 online tutorials to help all professionals who work with children and young people identify and understand mental health issues.

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