COVID & the impact on Mental Health of School Closures – CAMHS around the Campfire recording

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For this session we welcomed Dr. Karen Mansfield, a postdoctoral research scientist from the School Mental Health Project, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, to discuss her JCPP Advances paper ‘‘Covid-19 partial school closures and mental health problems: a cross sectional survey of 11,000 adolescents to determine those most at risk’’.

Slides from Douglas Badenoch

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CAMHS Campfire – Lockdown schools and mental health from ACAMH on Vimeo.

About the session

A panel, comprising paper author Dr. Karen Mansfield, Ellie Costello from Square Peg, Jenny Hair Assistant Headteacher/Looked After Designated Teacher at Becton Hospital School, and Eshal Saijid giving a young person’s lived experience perspective, discussed the research and its implications with information scientist Douglas Badenoch. This discussion was facilitated by Andre Tomlin (@Mental_Elf).


Open Access paper at

The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 School ClosuresDr. Karen Mansfield and co-author of the paper Associate Professor Mina Fazel.

Editorial: Do lockdowns scar? Three putative mechanisms through which COVID-19 mitigation policies could cause long-term harm to young people’s mental health Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Pasco Fearon

Open Access paper Adolescent well-being amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Are girls struggling more than boys? Thorhildur Halldorsdottir et al

Mental Health in Lockdown and its Impact on Children, Adolescents and Families – Podcast Dr. Polly Waite

The Annual Bullying Survey 2020, published by Ditch the Label

Not Making the Grade‘, report by MIND exploring why our approach to mental health at secondary school is failing young people

Parent Voice Report for Schools 2021, published by Parentkind

School Attendance Difficulties: Parent Survey Results‘, Not Fine In School 2020 survey

Square Peg submission to Behaviour Consultation 2021

How children & young people experienced the ever-changing landscape of the Covid-19 pandemic: The return to school & onwards.  Dr. Sarah Sivers & Dr. Maddi Popoola et al. Report published by the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP)

Exploring pupil views on their education during the pandemic: A collaborative report with key messages for policy makers, underpinned by psychology. Dr Sarah Sivers et al. Report published by AEP.

About #CAMHScampfire

ACAMH’s vision is to be ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’, to this end in December 2020 we launched ‘CAMHS around the Campfire’, a free monthly virtual journal club, run in conjunction with André Tomlin. We use #CAMHScampfire on Twitter to amplify the discussion.

Each 1-hour meeting features a new piece of research, which we discuss in an informal journal club session. The focus is on critical appraisal of the research and implications for practice. Primarily targeted at CAMHS practitioners, and researchers, ‘CAMHS around the Campfire’ will be publicly accessible, free to attend, and relevant to a wider audience.

Previous sessions are listed in our Talks & Lectures section.

About the panel

Dr. Karen Mansfield

Dr. Karen Mansfield

I am a postdoctoral research scientist interested in solving methodological challenges in the collection, analysis and safe-sharing of data to inform adolescent mental health and wellbeing research. Together with Mina Fazel, I work on a School Mental Health project, coordinating the OxWell online school survey. I also work with NIHR Professor Andrea Cipriani, coordinating and supporting projects adopted by the Informatics and Digital Health theme at Oxford Health’s NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. (Picture and bio from Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford)

Ellie Costello
Ellie Costello

Ellie’s background was as a producer working in the media. As a therapeutic parent, Ellie’s passions lie in neuroscience, child development, neurobiology and mental health. She has two children with complex needs spanning education, health, mental health and social care which brought her own mental health and blocked care challenges. She works as an Expert by Experience and strategic professional-parent stakeholder informing cross-sector service review, redevelopment and delivery across joint working partners and education. Ellie joined Square Peg CIC as a Director to develop her interest in shifting paradigms to effect cultural and systemic change on behalf of all children, young people and families who experience barriers to school attendance. Ellie advocates social model-thinking, placing trauma-informed practice, relationships and personalisation at the centre of positive, meaningful, sustainable outcomes.

Andre Tomlin

Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He’s worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service. The Mental Elf is a blogging platform that presents expert summaries of the latest reliable research and disseminates this evidence across social media. They have published thousands of blogs over the last 10 years, written by experts and discussed by patients, practitioners and researchers. This innovative digital platform helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!
Follow on Twitter @Mental_Elf

Douglas Badenoch
Douglas Badenoch

I am an information scientist with an interest in making knowledge from systematic research more accessible to people who need it. This means you. I’ve been attempting this in the area of Evidence-Based Health Care since 1995. So far the results have been mixed. For some reason we expected busy clinicians to search databases and appraise papers instead of seeing patients. We also expected publishers to make the research freely available to the people who paid for it. Ha! Hence The National Elf service.


Amazingly helpful and interesting summary- and very timely given the current situation. Thank you @acamh and all.

many thanks

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