This chapter outlines a developmental orientation to understanding the mental health of children and young people. It examines the implications for mental health in children and young people in relation to the environment, nature and nurture, and brain development in the context of vulnerability or risk, and resilience or protection. The chapter explores mental health promotion for young people, drawing from two real stories about bullying and altered eating patterns, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia, which include experiences of depression, anxiety and psychosis. Emphasis is given to prevention, promotion and early intervention for mental illness, including social media and e-mental health interventions for young people in relation to non-suicidal self-injury or suicide crisis, and popular public health initiatives to reduce suicide, such as RUOK Day, headspace and other online services.
|Title of host publication||Mental Health|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Person-Centred Approach|
|Editors||Nicholas Procter, Helen Hamer, Denise McGarry, Rhonda Wilson, Terry Froggatt|
|Place of Publication||New York, United States of America|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
WILSON, R. (Ed.), & Riley, S. (2014). Mental health of children and young people. In N. Procter, H. Hamer, D. McGarry, R. Wilson, & T. Froggatt (Eds.), Mental Health: A Person-Centred Approach (1 ed., pp. 244-261). New York, United States of America: Cambridge University Press.