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Teachers' attitudes towards child mental health services

  • Tamsin Ford (a1) and Anula Nikapota (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

To improve liaison between local schools and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) by exploring teachers' experiences and perceptions of CAMHS. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 25 volunteer primary school teachers.

Results

Teachers reported exhausting education-based resources before seeking external advice. Most had positive experiences of child mental health services and were keen to be more involved. They favoured a service that provided rapid advice and ongoing support. Many complained about problems in communication.

Clinical Implications

Child psychiatrists should collaborate more effectively with teachers to promote mental health and manage children with behavioural and psychological problems.

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Teachers' attitudes towards child mental health services

  • Tamsin Ford (a1) and Anula Nikapota (a2)
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