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Integrating the promotion of child mental health into national policies for health sector reform

Woody Caan (Department of Child and Family Health, Anglia Ruskin University)
Rachel Jenkins (Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 1 August 2008



To promote stable mental well‐being during childhood (from birth to 19‐years‐old) should be a major priority for governments. This is the time within the lifespan when children will learn and develop the most, so positive influences are greatest at a young age. This paper reports recommendations suggested by a workshop held in London in 2006, organised by the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. The workshop considered the core components of effective methods of integrating mental health within health (and other public sector) reforms, which would be relevant to future strategic planning in diverse, national settings. One of the key policy topics considered by the workshop was child mental health. Recommendations were made by the group for incorporating developmentally appropriate actions, at multiple levels: in family, school and community environments.



Caan, W. and Jenkins, R. (2008), "Integrating the promotion of child mental health into national policies for health sector reform", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 9-15.



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