facebook

Tags: Hot Topics, blog

​The 1-7th February is Children’s Mental Health Week. It is more important this year than ever before, that we shine a spotlight on the topic of mental health. Whilst many of us have been feeling the impact of the pandemic in some way or another, we can’t dismiss the impact on children.

According to The Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2020 report, the proportion of children experiencing a probable mental disorder has increased over the past three years, from one in nine in 2017 to one in six in July this year.

With schools closing across the UK, the global pandemic has forced children to adapt to new routines they are not familiar with. Children have had to learn how to cope with new and evolving forms of stress. During this time, some children have experienced bereavement and watched their parents struggle financially, whilst others are still adapting to home learning and being socially isolated from their friends and family.

The transition has proved difficult for most families and whilst we are hoping for brighter days ahead, as a parent or carer, it is inevitable that you will be concerned about the impact this is having on your children’s mental health and wellbeing.

We have created a list of some of our top tips and resources to help support your children’s mental health during this difficult time.

Helpful mental health and well-being resources

 Below is a list of charities and resources that offer further advice and support that you may find useful.

  • Every Mind Matters - An online tool with advice and tips to support everyone feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

  • MindEd - A free e-learning resource on dealing with children and young people's mental health.

  • Young Minds– An online advice and resource hub for both children and parents.

  • Mind – A UK mental health charity that has a range of information and support information for children and parents on their website.

  • Think Ninja App – An app approved by the NHS and aimed to help educate 10-18 year olds about mental health and emotional well-being.

Should you require immediate support, the following mental health organisations are available to offer advice:

Samaritans

https://www.samaritans.org/

You can call 116 123 24 hours a day for free or email jo@samaritans.org.uk

There is also a Samaritans self-help app.

Mind

https://www.mind.org.uk/

Call the Mind infoline on 0300 123 3393 (UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably). Or email info@mind.org.uk.

Shout

https://www.giveusashout.org/

Text: 85258

The Mix

www.themix.org.uk/get-support

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)

Email: Helpline email form

Crisis Support: Text 'THEMIX' to 85258.

​Find further mental health resources here.

Young Minds Parents Helpline

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/

Telephone 0808 802 5544 (9:30am - 4pm, Mon – Fri, free to call)

More mental health content:

How mindfulness can improve mental health at work

How to manage mental health at work

Discussing mental health at job interviews