Global child mental health conferences: Just like London buses, more frequent and with similar trajectories

A few years ago you couldn’t get any. Crucially, this reflected the lack of readiness to incorporate child mental health in global humanitarian, welfare or health initiatives.

Last week, the RSM conference gave a good overview of the status of evidence and emerging models. This week, the Wilton Park dialogue complemented with policy and fieldwork case studies.

The conclusions were convergent – a range of innovative interventions; and consensus that child, family and community interventions need to be linked. The most encouraging pattern was the acceptance and expansion of child mental health and psychosocial provision across large regions. Models on what these should involve are still missing but these will come.

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