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National i-THRIVE Community of Practice 
May 2022


New research on CYP MH during the pandemic
Mind Mental Health Charity recently published a report highlighting the widening inequalities experienced by particularly vulnerable groups during the pandemic (Mind, 2021). The report also established that children were more likely to struggle with isolation and loneliness than adults, and were more likely to resort to negative coping strategies like self-harm. 

The full article can be found here.

Recent research revealing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on children's mental health highlights the increasing need for early intervention and preventative work, in line with the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019).

The National i-THRIVE team uses an evidence based approach to implementation. It aims to improve outcomes for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. By focussing on need rather than diagnosis, the model is person-centred around the young person's preferences, with shared decision making as a core principal. 


Research on CYP MH Training

A systematic review by Banwell et al. (2021) has investigated potential barriers and facilitators to implementing and delivering training focussed on children's mental health. The review identified five synthesis statements relating to the training process and workplace implementation, that could potentially improve the success of such training initiatives. This is important for ensuring a shared understanding of children's mental health across the system, in line with the THRIVE Framework's use of needs based groupings to support a common language.

The full article can be found here.

If you have any queries about implementing the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019), please contact the team at We will endeavour to help in any way we can.

With warm wishes,

The National i-THRIVE Programme Team

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