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Trends in child and adolescence mental health: Priorities for research

15 March 2023, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Teenage girl sat in a dark room with her hands on her head. Photo by Hassan Vakil on Unsplash.

Join this event to hear Stephan Collishaw discuss changes in the population prevalence of child and adolescent mental health problems.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Nicolás Libuy


Room G03
55-59 Gordon Square


This event has been postponed to 15 March 2023.

Child and adolescent mental health problems are common and can have serious impacts on wellbeing, relationships, education and long-term health. A public health priority is to reduce the burden associated with mental health problems. 

In this event, Stephan will consider changes in the population prevalence of child and adolescent mental health problems, in outcomes for children with mental health problems, and factors that might have contributed to mental health trends. Robust epidemiological evidence suggests major changes in prevalence over time in some but not all types of mental health problems. Converging evidence points to increasing rates of adolescent emotional disorders, including rapid recent increases over the last two decades, as well as likely further impacts for many children as a result of the COVID pandemic. 

The seminar will consider five research priorities: 

  • Understanding reasons for trends in youth mental health
  • Understanding trends in outcomes and prognosis for children with mental health problems
  • Taking a global perspective particularly regarding child mental health trends in lower- and middle income countries
  • Methodological innovation in trends research
  • Lessons learned from research on the impact of COVID-19

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in child and adolescent mental health.

This is a hybrid event and you can attend either virtually or in-person.

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About the Speaker

Professor Stephan Collishaw

Cardiff University

His research takes a lifecourse developmental approach to study common mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.  He uses prospective populations and high-risk cohorts to study the development of mental health problems across childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. He is interested in protective factors that promote mental health resilience in high-risk children and that optimize long-term outcomes. His research also examines population-level change in young people's mental health, and tests which factors explain the recent increase in youth anxiety and depression. Prof Stephan Collishaw belongs to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section in the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, and he is co-director for the Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health.

More about Professor Stephan Collishaw