Environment and Social Psychology

Mental Health Support for Children and Adolescents in Refugees, Living in Conflict Zones, and Affected by Natural Disasters

Submission deadline: 2023-10-31
Special Issue Editors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an increased number of children and adolescents living with mental health problems, and the complexity in preventing and handling these challenges has been widely discussed in recent decades. Additionally, COVID-19 has shown that there is an urgent need to promote mental health and wellbeing for children and young people. Health-promoting strategies and the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations within and among different services at both the community and national levels are of significance to promoting children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in this regard. For children and young people living in vulnerable life situations or at risk of developing mental health problems, a variety of risk factors might be significant contributors. These factors relate to both structures and relations within the family environment, growing-up conditions, institutional factors concerning daycare or schooling, child and adolescent services within the community, or personal factors within each individual. To encounter these potential complex needs of children and young people, early interventions and collaborations across disciplines and professions stand out as important contributions. 

This Special Issue on mental health in children and young people focuses on the current state of knowledge on children and young people living in vulnerable life situations or at risk of poor mental health, on practical implications for health-promoting actions, and on interdisciplinary collaborations between services to promote children’s and adolescents’ mental health and wellbeing. 

We welcome a diversity of articles, such as conceptual and empirical articles, reviews, critical comments, and meta-analyses, for submission to this Special Issue. We will accept manuscripts from different disciplines, addressing topics related to the scope.

Dr. Sheikh Mohd Saleem

Guest Editor


Children at Risk; Mental Health; Wellbeing; Health-Promoting; Early Intervention; Community; Services; Interdisciplinary Collaboration; War Zone Conflicts; Humanitarian Crisis; Natural Disasters

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