We are pleased to make a call for submissions for this issue of the Children’s Research Digest on the theme of “Child and Youth Mental Health”.  

It has never been more important for us to be doing good quality research on children and young people’s mental health. Mental health difficulties in children and young people have been increasing year on year, with crises in many mental health services. Recognition of different kinds of neurodevelopmental disorders is increasing, but with few resources to address them. There are a number of stresses on children and young people that are new to this generation and there is poor understanding of their impact and the processes by which they impact. However, this is happening in a context where abuse towards children, whether physical, sexual or emotional, is no longer socially ignored or accepted; where it is becoming more acceptable for children and young people to talk about how they feel and to be different; and where schools, voluntary organisations, sports clubs and organisations outside mental health services are taking mental health in children and young people seriously.

We would like to invite you to submit an article or research summary for an issue of the Children’s Research Digest that focuses on children and young people’s mental health. We are interested in a wide variety of areas within this topic, including:

• Phenomenology, typology and epidemiology of mental health difficulties in children and/or
young people
• Developmental and cognitive factors that help us understand mental health in children
• Systemic factors in the development, maintenance and treatment of children and young
people’s mental health difficulties, including mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings
• Contextual factors in the development, maintenance and treatment of children and young
people’s mental health difficulties, such as the role of the school, society and social media
• Service and treatment developments for children and families who experience mental health
difficulties
• Mental health across the lifespan of children and young people, including infant and youth
mental health
• Children and young people’s mental health in different settings

Authors must submit their paper electronically for consideration along with the attached submission form to crn@effectiveservices.org. The deadline for submission has being extended until 11th April 2018. For further information on any aspect of the submission process, please send an e-mail to the above address.