Identifying the needs of children and young people affected by parental mental illness
evidence and practice    

Identifying the needs of children and young people affected by parental mental illness

Mhairi Ward Senior nurse, nursing practice development, The State Hospital, NHS Scotland

Children and young people affected by parental mental illness are recognised as being at risk of experiencing mental health problems themselves. This review explores approaches that have been implemented by mental health services to identify these families and to gauge whether these approaches have been effective. A literature search was conducted that identified a number of approaches being used in clinical practice, with most studies reporting positive outcomes. The three main themes drawn from the literature are: identification of families, knowledge, attitude and skills of staff, and changes to clinical practice.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1239

Citation

Ward M (2018) Identifying the needs of children and young people affected by parental mental illness. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1239

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

mhairi.ward@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 20 April 2018

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