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Promoting awareness of mental health

Anyone who comes into contact with children as part of their job, whether as health practitioner, teacher, nursery worker or childminder, should make the promotion of mental health and wellbeing and preventing mental health problems a principle of their practice. Improving the mental health of children and young people requires a coordinated and coherent combination of health promotion, prevention work, and intervention and care services, and the development of services should be done with children and young people informing the process.

Children’s services especially, should engage with one another in ways that encourage development and adaptation to changing need, circumstance and evidence.