TARGETING CHILDREN'S EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
OliTool was initially developed as a tool for adults. Over time, it became clear that the stigma-free playful nature of Oli made it perfect for helping children understand more about their emotional selves and how they relate to the world.
According to the World Economic Forum, character skills such as empathy, creativity, curiosity and communication are critical to prepare childrenfor their future workplace. Emotional and mental guidance are as important as practical skills based training.
With 1 in 10 children in the UK suffering from a diagnosable mental health condition and 1 in 4 either anxious or depressed, there is a critical need to address children’s mental wellbeing
TAVISTOCK AND PORTMAN NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
We are partnering with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust on the redesign of OliTool for all children. The team will include leading psychiatrists and researchers with input from teachers, parents and children.
The Tavistock, a leader in promoting mental health and wellbeing for over 100 years, brings together a variety of approaches to children and family mental health. They are recognised as influencers in children’s mental health worldwide and have initiated programmes in the UK for bringing CAMHS services into school settings, the new model set forth in the Government’s Green Paper mandating improved children’s and adolescent mental health services. The Tavistock is a leading research and teaching facility as well as a clinical facility and actively explores new and innovative approaches, interventions and models of care for children’s mental health. The Tavistock team provides invaluable expertise in children’s mental health research and clinical applications to this project including unprecedented knowledge of CAMHS school setting services.
The team includes Dr Eilis Kennedy, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Research at the Tavistock Clinic, London. She is also an Honorary Reader in the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London; Dr. Emilios Lemoniatis, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and CAMHS Lead for User Involvement and Dr. Sarah Helps, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who currently manages and works clinically in the Lifespan service.
OliTool will be designed to teach all children emotional awareness, expression and communication for mental wellbeing. It will also be developed to help children with special challenges or more complex emotional and behavioural needs.