Against a backdrop of almost 13 million cases of COVID-19, an urgent global priority must be the mental health of children, who make up 42% of our world’s population. Children have witnessed the devastating rates of infection and death, restrictions on their day to day life, and preoccupation of their parents and communities about the implications of the pandemic. So … [Read more...] about Protecting the Mental Health of Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic (and beyond). Communication is Key.
Dr Louise Dalton is a consultant clinical psychologist with over 20 years NHS experience. Under the leadership of Professor Alan Stein, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry group at the University of Oxford focusses on elucidating the key mechanisms underpinning child development including the intergenerational transmission of difficulties in the context of adversity. One of the team’s main areas of research focusses on the way children are told about the diagnosis of their own or a parent's, life-threatening condition. In response to the current pandemic, the team have developed a platform of resources to support healthcare workers and caregivers www.psych.ox.ac.uk/research/covid_comms_support with the task of telling relatives and children of an adult’s death.