To help you feel prepared for your BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing course, we’ve gathered together a range of activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.
There isn’t necessarily one text book that we’d recommend you invest in, at this time, simply because text books are a very personal choice. We instead recommend when you first access the library services at Edge Hill, that you look at some of the programme core texts. From these you can decide which of the books best suits your learning style. Then you can decide if you want to purchase a core text, or just utilise our well stocked library of resources.
A book on general child development will prove particularly useful for your studies and potential career.
Short online courses
If you really can’t wait for your learning to start you might want to engage with some of the Governments free training courses. The ones most suited to your course include:
Please access and save the following reports from the internet
- Children’s Society Good Childhood Report
- Children’s Commissioner Mental Health Briefing
- Crisis Care Investing in Children’s Mental Health
- Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision
- Government Response to the Consultation on Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper and Next Steps
Things to do over summer
In preparation for your course, we’d like you to keep an eye out in the media to see what kind of stories and/or reports have been published about Children, Young People and Mental Health.
Compare stories from newspapers such as the Daily Mail, to the Guardian. How is Child and Adolescent Mental Health represented? Keep an eye on the BBC news. What themes are we seeing in reports around child and adolescent mental health. Are we seeing any representations of child mental health on TV? Is this positively presented, or negatively? Keep notes, and/or a selection of articles (these can be online links) for reference. We’ll refer to these as we begin our first module on mental health. Also think about how COVID-19 has impacted on children’s mental health.
We’d also like you to think about how you look after your own mental health and resilience. Try to build a resilience/ mental health toolkit that you can share with others when you start your studies.
Finally, we’d recommend everyone signs up to the CASPAR weekly email alerts. This is a weekly information email received on a Monday, compiled by the NSPCC. In this you’ll find a wide range of resources available that will have direct relevance to your upcoming course. It will help when you begin your studies to have a contemporary awareness of current issues and updates in the Child Health arena. You can sign up on their website.
Most importantly, have a fantastic summer, ready for your arrival in September.