Navigating AI in child and adolescent mental health

Written by: Dr Jon Goldin
Edited by: Karolyn Judge

AI has undoubtedly started to have an impact on all aspects of healthcare, including mental health for children and adolescents. recently wrote about how AI in mental health is emerging as a reassuring resource for diagnosis, developing therapies and enabling a more personalised approach and treatments for patients.


However, there are various aspects to consider such as ensuring collaboration between AI and human-led care leads to the best results for patients. Leading consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Jon Goldin takes a comprehensive look at AI in child and adolescent mental health in this article, written with the help of AI.

A girl using an AI child and adolescent mental health service

How does AI contribute to the diagnosis of mental health conditions in young individuals?

Understanding the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in mental health diagnosis is crucial.

AI-assisted assessment

AI can collaborate with clinicians to enhance data analysis during assessments. This aids in improving the identification and understanding of mental health conditions in children and adolescents.


Objective insights

The integration of AI can help to introduce objectivity into evaluations, potentially ensuring a more standardised assessment of behavioural and emotional patterns.



How can AI enhance treatment approaches for young people?

AI has the potential to introduce significant opportunities to improve mental health care for the younger population:

Tailored treatment plans

AI analyses genetics, lifestyle, and treatment responses to craft personalised plans. This contributes to more effective and targeted interventions.


Digital therapeutics

The implementation of AI introduces novel treatment avenues with cognitive-behavioural therapy principles and interactive exercises through mobile apps.



What opportunities does AI present in improving child and adolescent mental health care?

AI introduces significant opportunities to improve mental health care for the younger population:

Proactive intervention

AI contributes to early intervention by predicting conditions based on historical data. This allows for timely and targeted support, potentially mitigating mental health challenges.


Remote access

Mental health services are able to reach patients living in remote areas through AI-driven solutions. Virtual platforms and online interventions bridge geographical gaps, providing support to those with limited access.



What concerns should parents and caregivers be mindful of regarding AI in mental health for young individuals?

While AI in mental health holds promise, it's essential to be aware of potential concerns:

Ethical considerations

Safeguarding privacy and obtaining informed consent are crucial ethical considerations. Responsible handling of sensitive information must be a priority.


Data accuracy 

The efficacy of AI relies on the quality of processed data. Diverse and representative datasets are vital to prevent biases in algorithms.


Supplementing human interaction

AI should complement, not replace, human connection. The pivotal role of parents, caregivers, and mental health professionals in providing emotional support remains irreplaceable. The sensitivity, understanding and empathy of a human being cannot be replaced by AI.



How can parents and caregivers navigate the integration of AI in child and adolescent mental health?

Ensuring seamless integration involves:

Informed decision-making

Engage in informed discussions with mental health professionals about AI integration.


Open communication

Maintain open communication with your child's mental health team. Discuss any concerns or questions regarding the potential use of AI, working collaboratively to create a holistic approach to well-being.



What is the outlook for AI in mental health for children and adolescents?

As AI is likely to increasingly shape child and adolescent mental health care, being informed empowers parents and caregivers to make the best decisions for their children. The collaborative integration of AI and human care can lead to a more comprehensive and effective approach to mental well-being.




Concerned about your child or adolescent’s mental health? Arrange a psychiatric consultation with Dr Goldin via his Top Doctors profile.

By Dr Jon Goldin

Dr Jon Goldin is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Summit in Highgate, London. His areas of expertise lie in the assessment and management of depression, anxiety, emotional and behavioural difficulties and ADHD.

Dr Goldin has vast experience in assessing and managing mental health difficulties in both children and adolescents. In addition to his work as an NHS Consultant over the past 20 years, he holds/has held several prominent positions within the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health and is the College Lead for Parliamentary Engagement at The Royal College of Psychiatrists. For 10 years he was the Joint Training Programme Director in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the Great Ormond Street and Royal London Higher Training Scheme. He was formerly the Vice Chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty at the RCPsych and the Head of Department in the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (DCAMH).

Dr Jon Goldin currently sees all his private patients remotely via Zoom and occasionally at Great Ormond Street Hospital International and Private Patients wing. The Top Doctors Award 2021 winner was a Finalist for the RCPsych Psychiatric Communicator of the Year award in 2020 and 2021, and in 2022 he was awarded the top prize. The judges were impressed with Dr Goldin’s all-round gifts as a communicator: "He is exemplary in his presentations in person, on radio and television, and in the print media too. His style and manner make his presentations accessible to the general public including young people and he has been influential in his role as the RCPsych Lead for Parliamentary Engagement. The range of subjects that he has tackled is impressive and the judges came to the conclusion that Dr Goldin’s contributions were of such a high quality that he deserved the Award of RCPsych Communicator of the Year."

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