New Approaches in mental health in Children and Adolescents in São Paulo,

OI International Forum: New Approaches in mental health in Children and Adolescents in São Paulo, aim to discuss and discuss in relation to children and adolescents with mental disorders.

Mental health in childhood in the sphere of public health policies has a very recent history. As in other mental health systems in developed countries, the specificity of childhood was marginalized in the construction of public mental health policies, and actions aimed at children were taken as a mere extension of policies designed for the adult population.

Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest in global mental health issues. Mental health problems begin early and are estimated to affect 10% to 20% of children and adolescents worldwide, being among the major burden of disease in the population. This is especially relevant in the context of low- and middle-income countries where 90% of the world’s young people live.

The idealization of this Forum comes from links between health professionals, teachers, IMHCN (International Mental Health Collaboration Network), CENAT (Educational Center New Therapeutic Approaches), users and family members.


The objectives of the event include:

  • Build successful partnerships between users, their families and the community
  • Create opportunities to exchange ideas and discuss other options for advancing child and adolescent mental health care, including examining the use of medication
  • Increase the awareness of professionals and health workers about the importance of building new mental health strategies for children and adolescents
  • Creativity and art as a means to share experiences and emotions in childhood
  • Encourage schools, colleges and universities to promote emotional well-being within their community and curriculum
  • Development of places for children and young people to obtain support, support from teachers and an entire school response to promote well-being and respond to distress and diversity.
  • Working with children and young people who hear voices and other experiences.

Children, Youth and Mental Health: How do we change the way young people are supported by distress, crisis and ensure their well-being? (Olatunde Spence)

Olatunde will present and discuss his experience working in schools and with mental health services in disadvantaged urban communities.

She will consider how to work out new ways with young people having difficulties in their lives and how to create cozy spaces to allow this. It will also address the important issue of ensuring that services provide culturally appropriate responses to the needs of young people.


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