Tooled Up Education

PTSD: What is it and how might it affect families?

In this webinar, Dr Hope Christie explains what trauma is, how posttraumatic stress disorder may develop following a trauma, and what impact trauma symptoms may have on children, adolescents, and adults. Dr Christie outlines how these symptoms may impact behaviour and emotions, and how parents can help support their child and themselves. This webinar is of interest to parents who would like to learn more about trauma and the impact it can have on the individual and their family.

Learning More about Low Mood and Depression with Professor Shirley Reynolds

In this webinar, we are joined by Professor Shirley Reynolds, an expert in teen depression and former podcast guest. She outlines some of the best ways we can protect children’s mental health at an early age, before explaining key things to know about depression in teens and possible treatment pathways. We’ve also included some excellent additional resources and courses if you’d like to learn more.

Children’s Books about Loneliness or Isolation

This list of books for children and tweens all feature characters dealing with situations where they feel lonely or isolated and who deal with their emotions by going on adventures, finding new friends and expressing themselves in a variety of ingenious ways. If your child is lonely, or you think that they might be, these stories can help to kickstart conversations about how they are feeling and things they can do to help. They may also help them to understand that feeling lonely sometimes is very common and that they aren’t alone.

Researcher of the Month: Simon Brett Discusses Treating Teen Depression in Schools

Our researcher of the month, Simon Brett, talks to Dr Weston about his project which assesses the impact of using a specific type of therapy to treat teen depression in school settings. They discuss the barriers to conventional treatment for teenagers, the way that Brief Behavioural Activation therapy works and the important role that parents can play.

Books to Support Children’s Mental Health

There are huge numbers of books and resources available to help support children’s mental health and it can feel hard to know where to start. We’ve picked out some that come highly recommended and broken them down into easy to digest sections. You’ll find both fiction to inspire a positive mindset and practical workbooks.