Child mental health literacy: What is it and why is it important?
Lucy Tully, Mark Dadds and David Hawes
Over the past 20 years, Australia has emerged as a leader in campaigns that have focused on increasing mental health literacy, particularly for adult/adolescent depression and anxiety disorders. But what about child mental health literacy, which refers to adult knowledge and beliefs about mental health problems for children under 12 years of age? Aside from the recent work of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health (NWCCMH) and beyondblue's BeYou initiative, there has been a noticeable lack of focus on child mental health literacy both in Australia and internationally.