Article

'The Bad People Go and Speak to Her': Young People's Choice and Agency when Accessing Mental Health Support in School

Citation

Spratt J, Shucksmith J, Philip K & Watson C (2010) 'The Bad People Go and Speak to Her': Young People's Choice and Agency when Accessing Mental Health Support in School. Children and Society, 24 (6), pp. 483-494. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2009.00246.x

Abstract
Concerns about the mental health and well-being of children and young people have been articulated in health and education policy fields as a call for closer working between schools and providers of mental health support services. Drawing from a Scottish study, this article explores issues of access, when mental health initiatives are sited in formal educational settings. In particular, it focuses on the implications for the agency of children and young people seeking support from those services when and how they choose. The study argues that overreliance on teachers as the main referral route to service influences what is deemed to be a problem, who is thought to need support and how the interventions are viewed by the children and young people. Alternative approaches are discussed, which offer opportunities for children and young people to explore the available services and make their own choices about their level of engagement.

Keywords
mental health; emotional wellbeing; health; education policy; Child mental health services; Youth Mental health services; Mental Disorders therapy; Mental Health Services

Journal
Children and Society: Volume 24, Issue 6

StatusPublished
Publication date30/11/2010
Publication date online23/06/2009
Date accepted by journal13/05/2009
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/1562
PublisherWiley-Blackwell / National Children's Bureau
ISSN0951-0605