Non-medical interventions for depression in children and adolescents
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Non-medical interventions for depression in children and adolescents

Edward Freshwater Staff nurse, Perinatal Mental Health Services, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Depression is a common and disabling illness that can affect the physical and emotional well-being of children and adolescents. Pharmacological therapies often incur unwanted side effects, including increased risk of suicide. Literature searches for non-pharmacological interventions for depression were conducted. Ten papers were examined for themes using Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) tools. The Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services (PARiHS) framework was then used to develop recommendations for practice change. Nursing staff should develop leadership, skills and knowledge in the development of nurse-led, person-centred lifestyle and dietary interventions, including the socialisation benefits of mealtimes. Further research into nursing interventions for depressive disorders in children and young people is required.

Mental Health Practice. 20, 2, 27-33. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2016.e1115


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

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 August 2015

Accepted: 17 February 2016