What we do

Child and adolescent mental health research

Let’s talk about children's mental health!

At the National Institute of Mental Health, we are working on several projects that help to provide comprehensive information and scientific evidence on the subject of mental health.

On this website you will find information about these projects plus a variety of usable materials, findings, and interesting facts specifically about child and adolescent mental health.

The materials, designed for both children and adults, can be a great resource in the classroom, inspiration for your own work or self-development, or as a verified source of information on child and adolescent mental health.

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of adolescent girls reported feeling "down" more than once a week
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of boys reported feeling "down" more than once a week

Did you know...?

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of mental illnesses appear by the age of 24
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of mental illnesses appear before the age of 14

Suicide is the fourth most common cause of death between the ages of 15 and 19

1 in 7 children and adolescents experience psychological problems

Depression and anxiety in children and adolescents are among the top five most common mental illnesses

Effective help for mental health problems exists.

Mental health compass

Talking about mental health can be uncomfortable or strange at first. When people talk about mental health, they usually think of things like mental illness (such as depression or anxiety). The vertical compass line shows whether or not someone has a mental illness. The horizontal line shows mental well-being or discomfort. That means how we feel in everyday life and how we handle stress or difficulties. It doesn’t matter whether or not we have a mental illness, it is up to all of us to work on having and maintaining mental wellbeing.

Understanding mental health

We all have mental health. It is as much a part of our overall health as our physical health.

When we talk about mental health we are talking about emotions and feelings, thoughts and moods. Our mental health will sometimes be better, sometimes worse, just like our physical health. Everyone experiences different emotions throughout the day, some more pleasant than others. We may feel happy, excited, irritable, anxious, sad, self-conscious... and any number of confusing or mixed feelings ! But it is important to remember this, being mentally healthy does not mean being happy and positive all the time. Even people with good mental health have good days and bad days. However, someone who has good mental health is more likely to be able to cope well with a wide range of emotions.

What we work on


Within our working group we are working on several projects. Click on each activity to find out more.

The project "Supporting the mental health of children, parents and teachers in the Czech Republic affected by the war in Ukraine" focuses on the mental health of children aged 10-14 in Czech primary schools. We train primary school teachers to provide a helping hand in integrating Ukrainian children into Czech classrooms.

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The project "Monitoring and strengthening the mental health of children and adolescents" aims to increase the promotion of mental health and well-being of children and adolescents by introducing mental health monitoring in schools, initiating  the On My Mind training programme which would  instruct the key actors.

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On My Mind is a universal educational program that focuses on mental literacy and social-emotional learning. The curriculum consists of 20 lessons and is designed to be delivered over the course of a school year by trained teachers following a detailed manual.

More info

Materials & Educational Activities

In each section you will find materials that you can use freely in your lessons or as inspiration to improve your mental well-being. You will also find our publications, articles,  research outputs, videos and educational activities.

What is written about us


Who we are

Our team

We are the Working Group on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research (DZDA) under the Public Mental Health Research Programme of the National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic. Our main focus is on preventing and promoting children's mental well-being through ‘implementation science’.

Anna Kagstrom, MSc. DZDA Working Group Leader
Mgr. Laura Juríková Researcher - curriculum development and technical materials
MUDr. Matěj Kučera Researcher
Mgr. Magdalena Lukasová Educational staff training coordinator

Contact information

Working Group on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research

National Institute of Mental Health
Topolová 748
250 67 Klecany