Advances in Mental Health: Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Call for Papers

Developments in family focused practice when parents have mental health problems in the UK and Ireland

Advances in Mental Health

This special issue will focus on policy and practice developments in UK and Ireland which are aimed at improving responses to concerns about parental mental health and children’s welfare, and supporting parents to cope with the dual demands of parenting and mental health problems.

This special issue will present an overview of initiatives in the UK and Ireland that have been introduced over the past decade, and explore the complexities of trying to achieve a substantial, system-wide improvement in family focused practice.

There is an ongoing need to better understand and respond to the range of issues that parental mental health problems may present and so the focus on these issues in the UK and Ireland may provide interesting and innovative perspectives which are of relevance internationally.

We are therefore looking for:

  • theoretical papers
  • research articles
  • case studies
  • reviews of the literature

That explore the interface between adult mental health and child welfare with a specific focus on the UK and Ireland context and present the more general implications for policy and practice.

It is expected that the special issue will be published in July 2019.

Submission Process

Process for submission:

  1. Authors considering submitting a paper for the special issue are asked to submit a 200-250 word abstract summarizing the focus and main points of the article by 30th September 2018.

    Please email these directly to John Devaney at
    Author’s selected to submit a paper will be notified by the end of September 2018.
  2. Full manuscripts of no more than 5000 words are due on 30th November 2018. 

Please contact the Editors of the special issue via John Devaney ( if you have any queries about a potential submission.

Submission guidelines:

Please refer to the Taylor and Francis website for submission guidelines for the journal

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: John Devaney, University of Edinburgh
  • Guest Editor: Gavin Davidson, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Guest Editor: Anne Grant, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Guest Editor: Susan Lagdon, Queen’s University Belfast