A parent information leaflet to promote mental health in children
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A parent information leaflet to promote mental health in children

Carla McClintock Staff nurse, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast
Bernie Reid Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Ulster, Derry/Londonderry
Jackie Wade School nurse, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Derry/Londonderry

Positive mental health is an essential element of every child’s overall health and lays the building blocks for mentally healthy adults. There is increasing emphasis on childhood mental health as a public health issue. Nurses should be able to provide parents with clear, practical and accurate information to promote and maintain positive childhood mental health. This article describes the background to, and development and piloting of, My Mind Matters Too, a parent information leaflet promoting positive mental health for young children. The leaflet cannot operate in a vacuum but must be combined with other services and interventions if it is to bring about changes in the often complex area of childhood mental health.

Nursing Standard. 28, 51,43-50. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.51.43.e8260

Received: 02 September 2013

Accepted: 22 April 2014

Published in print: 20 August 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review