1st Edition

Promoting Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing Importance of Partnerships in Building Resilient and Empathic Children

By Rebecca P. Ang Copyright 2025
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores children's mental health and wellbeing issues using a developmental systems perspective that is grounded on established theoretical frameworks and supported by evidence-based research. It uses Singapore as a unique example to illustrate the range of nationwide educational, clinical and social initiatives and programs, anchored on systems thinking and viewed through a systems perspective. 

    The book covers topics including barriers to help-seeking, addressing children's mental health needs, and how to enhance mental health support for children and adolescents. It draws on examples from Singapore's education, health, family, social services and legal sectors in promoting children's mental health and wellbeing. Future directions in the field will be discussed including the importance of program evaluation, partnerships, and bringing interventions to scale. In order to fully realize the ultimate aim of sustaining a long-term positive and healthy mental state for our young, the book highlights how a well-coordinated national strategy for mental health and wellbeing can serve as a springboard for further growth to build a resilient and empathic society.

    An essential resource for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of school, clinical and counselling psychology, counselling, social work, education and related disciplines, this book will also interest clinicians or practitioners.

    Part 1: Context: Setting the Stage  1. Addressing Children’s Mental Health Needs in Singapore and Globally  2. Addressing Children's Mental Health Needs through Systems Thinking  3. Theoretical Frameworks for Understanding Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing  Part 2: Initiatives Across Different Sectors  4. Impact of the Education System on Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Associated Initiatives and Programs  5. Impact of the Health System on Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Associated Initiatives and Programs  6. Impact of the Family, Social, and Legal Systems on Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Associated Initiatives and Programs  Part 3: Future Directions  7. Importance of Program Evaluation  8. Importance of Partnerships and Scaling Up Interventions  9. Building Resilient and Empathic Children, Youth, and Society



    Rebecca P. Ang is a Professor at the Psychology and Child & Human Development Academic Group, NIE. She obtained her PhD in School Psychology (specialising in clinical child psychology) from Texas A&M University, USA. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in the USA, and a Registered Psychologist in Singapore. Her awards include the International Council of Psychologists Seisoh Sukemune/Bruce Bain Early Career Research Award, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore Foundation Education Award, the NTU Nanyang Education Award (College), and the Singapore National Day Award - The Public Administration Medal (Bronze).