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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES OF THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING 'ETHICALLY MINDFUL' WHEN WORKING WITH CHILDRENS' MENTAL HEALTH & OTHER VULNERABLE POPULATIONS - TRANSLATIONS IN ITALIAN, FRENCH, SPANISH AND GERMAN.




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We must be 'Ethically Mindful' when making all opur professional and personal decisions in the field of child mental health. It is our shared paramount responsibility to better safeguard children and other vulnerable groups in society from the 'overzealous prescribing' of psychiatric drugs, especially to those under six years of age.

SPANISH TRANSLATION
Debemos ser 'éticamente conscientes' al tomar todas las decisiones profesionales y personales en el campo de la salud mental infantil. Es nuestra responsabilidad primordial compartida proteger mejor a los niños y otros grupos vulnerables de la sociedad de la "prescripción excesiva de drogas psiquiátricas", especialmente a los menores de seis años.

FRENCH TRANSLATION
Nous devons être "éthiquement conscients" lorsque nous prenons toutes les décisions professionnelles et personnelles dans le domaine de la santé mentale des enfants. Nous avons la responsabilité principale partagée de mieux protéger les enfants et les autres groupes vulnérables de la société des "médicaments sur ordonnance en vente libre" pour les médicaments à usage psychiatrique, en particulier ceux de moins de six ans.

GERMAN TRANSLATION
Wir müssen "ethisch bewußt" sein, wenn wir alle beruflichen und persönlichen Entscheidungen im Bereich der psychischen Gesundheit von Kindern treffen. Wir haben die vorrangige gemeinsame Verantwortung, Kinder und andere gefährdete Gruppen in der Gesellschaft besser vor rezeptfreien verschreibungspflichtigen Medikamenten für psychiatrische Medikamente zu schützen, insbesondere unter sechs Jahren.


ITALIAN TRANSLATION.
Dobbiamo essere "eticamente consapevoli" quando prendiamo tutte le decisioni professionali e personali nel campo della salute mentale dei bambini. Abbiamo la responsabilità primaria condivisa di proteggere meglio i bambini e altri gruppi vulnerabili nella società dalla "sovra-prescrizione dei farmaci" per i farmaci psichiatrici, specialmente quelli sotto i sei anni di età.


Sunday, 27 January 2019

UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO OBSERVER ABOUT THE IMPACT OF PSYCHO-STIMULANTS ON CHILDRENS' SLEEP - C.A.L.M. PUBLIC POLICY PRESSURE GROUP



UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO OBSERVER ABOUT THE IMPACT OF PSYCHO-STIMULANTS ON CHILDRENS' SLEEP.

Dear editor,
We as a multi-professional public pressure group, including politicians which promotes childrens’ Mental Health and Wellbeing agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments of the recent (13-01-19) article,’Sleep deprived pupils need extra hour in bed,'etc.,by Harriet Sherwood and the included quote by Russel Viner, professor of adolescent health at University College London that,”Sleep is the “strongest predictor of wellbeing among teenagers.”

Many schools in the U.K. and different societies who are creatively tackling behavioural difficulties and rates of exclusion in adolescents have experimented with ‘late starts’ to allow a more natural ‘wake up time,’ with beneficial outcomes on both issues.
One paradoxical intervention that we would like to challenge is that the preferred treatment for children who have received a diagnosis of ADHD in the U.K., currently, is to prescribe amphetamine-like psycho-stimulants such as Ritalin. This class of drugs has a commonly occurring side effect of significant ‘sleep disturbance’ that has to be countered by the issuing of a second drug, usually melatonin, to promote better sleep. We all know as parents and professionals that sleep disturbance damages a child’s mood and makes them quickly irritable etc which may increase signs of an ADHD like pattern. We think this is a nonsensical systemic failure whilst pursuing the wellbeing of children and needs to be urgently reviewed particularly for children under the age of six and the adolescent population identified in this excellent article.


Dave Traxson, Chair of C.A.L.M. (Child-friendly Alternatives to Labelling & psychiatric Medications)
Professor Peter Kinderman, Clinical Psychology, at Liverpool University and Vice chair of C.A.L.M. and ex-President of the BPS.
Professor Sue Roffey, Emotional Wellbeing of Children, School of Education at Exeter University.
Dr Brian Apter, Ex-chair of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology of the British Psychological Society.
Yvonne Monaghan, Safeguarding Lead of Nurture UK.