For several decades it has been clear that there are high levels of emotional distress among children and young people, as well as a high prevalence of diagnosable psychological conditions. Analyses over time have also provided strong evidence of decreasing wellbeing and the term ‘crisis’ has come to be used more and more to describe the state of young people’s mental health. This picture reflects the situation pre-Covid, but it is now clear that the pandemic has substantially increased the stresses experienced by many children and young people.
This presentation will examine child wellbeing and mental health before and since the onset of the pandemic and will then go on to discuss effective ways in which children’s wellbeing can be significantly increased. The potential benefits of such interventions include a substantial preventive effect on the development of highly distressing psychological conditions.
There are many things that government can do, that schools and teachers can do, that parents can do, and that we can teach children to do for themselves, that can help to safeguard young people’s wellbeing, to increase their resilience, and to promote their happiness. Many of the interventions to be discussed are based on the science of positive psychology.
Please note that the event will be hosted via Microsoft Teams. Please register your place in advance.
Neil Frude is a consultant clinical psychologist and Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales. He has published a number of books, chapters and papers on a wide range of topics including clinical psychology and positive therapy.
In 2004 Neil devised a book prescription strategy for mental health which has since been implemented in national library-based schemes in Wales and England that have now been used by over 2 million adults and children.
He has also developed a number of psychoeducation courses that have been widely used within the NHS across Wales and have been delivered to over 10,000 people in the community. Neil is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and in 2014 he received the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Professor Frude is a member of the Addictions Research Group at USW.