The evidence that mental health problems impact on school attendance and achievement has been demonstrated in a number of studies. Furthermore, difficulties in school and the pressures of academic attainment can also impact on mental health. Therefore the two are, if not interdependent, then very closely related.
Child psychiatrist and researcher
Mina Fazel works as a NIHR post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in the department of Children’s Psychological Medicine at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. The focus of her work is on improving mental health services for children, especially the most vulnerable populations, and she is particularly interested in the role of school-based mental health services in improving access to services for young people. She has been working for over a decade developing mental health services for refugee children and is interested in researching how best mental health services can work within schools to reach and treat children who might not easily access services. She has been working with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to develop a new ‘Inreach service’ taking Child and Adolescent mental health services into secondary schools across Oxfordshire. She is a patron of The Art Room.
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