Child Mental Health
Recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard. The NSPCC has advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm.
If you are worried about a child or young person, you can contact the NSPCC helpline for support and advice for free - call us on 0808 800 5000 or contact us online.
Children can contact Childline any time to get support themselves.
Guidance for parents and carers from CAMHS - Covid-19.
Parental Mental Illness Research Magazine Special Edition (Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health)
The ACAMH recently published a special edition of their research-based magazine looking at the impact of children who live with parental mental ill-health.
New data published in Lancet Public Health show that nearly a quarter of children aged between 0 and 16 years are exposed to maternal mental illness. Researchers defined this as depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, personality disorders and alcohol misuse disorder or substance misuse disorder.
The author of one study, Matthias Pierce, found that affected children "are more likely to suffer from a range of negative life outcomes, including poorer physical and mental health, lower educational attainment and reduced quality of life".
A large number of studies have shown that exposure to maternal depression is a key risk factor for adolescent depression, but comparatively fewer studies investigated the influence of paternal depression on children and adolescents. One study found that paternal depression symptoms were significantly associated with depression symptoms in adolescents.
You can read the online pdf version of the magazine here: https://www.acamh.org/app/uploads/2019/10/The-Bridge-Web-Version.pdf
World Suicide Prevention Day is an important reminder that everyone can make a difference to others who have reached the point of wanting to end their lives.
A short conversation with another person can sometimes be enough to make a difference.
The acronym ‘WAIT’ is one good way to remember how you can support another person who may be suicidal. It stands for:
Watch out for signs of distress and uncharacteristic behaviour
Ask “are you having suicidal thoughts?”
It will pass. Assure your loved one that, with help, their suicidal feelings will pass with time
Talk to others. Encourage your loved one to seek help from a GP or health professional
Don't forget to look after your own wellbeing after having a difficult conversation. You can call Samaritans for free, at any time (24/7) on 116 123. They are there to listen to you. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you yourself are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress.
If you Need Help with Child Mental Health
They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.
You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
NHS Mental Health Services
Find local mental health services on the NHS website. http://www.nhs.uk
They provide a range of services including support groups, help lines and information. Details can be obtained from your GP, your local library, or the internet.
Childline Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.
Tel: 0800 1111 https://www.childline.org.uk
Mind-Infoline Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help. Tel: 0300 123 3393, text number: 86463 http://www.mind.org.uk
SANE Provides practical help, emotional support and specialist information for people aged 16 and over with mental health problems, their family, friends and carers. Tel: 0300 304 7000 www.sane.org.uk
Supportline Confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.
Tel: 01708 765200 www.supportline.org.uk
Beat Provides helplines, self-help groups and online support to anyone affected by eating disorders. www.b-eat.co.uk
Helpline: 0808 801 0677 (Tel)
Youthline: 0808 801 0711 (Tel)
Studentline: 0808 801 0811 (Tel)
The Samaritans The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.
Tel: 116 123 www.samaritans.org.uk
NSPCC Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children.
Tel: 0808 800 5000 https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
YoungMinds has a Parent Helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person. Tel: 0808 802 5544 http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents
Youth Wellbeing Directory Helps you find support for mental health and wellbeing of young people up to age 25 across the UK. https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/youth-wellbeing/
HaveIGotAProblem.com Free resource about mental health and addiction issues. It has advice and documents on issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar, eating disorders and coping. http://www.haveigotaproblem.com/
Helplines partnership Provides a comprehensive list of mental health helplines in the UK. https://helplines.org/helplines/
Mental Health Foundation This website offers a wide range of information about mental health issues.
Health Talk Online Aims to provide balanced information about the experience of everyday life with a range of health conditions and issues, what to expect both physically and mentally, overcoming practical difficulties, making decisions about treatment and talking to health professionals. http://www.healthtalk.org/
YouthinMind is an online resource for information about mental health and offers brief assessments. It also provides links to other useful books, websites and services. http://youthinmind.info/py/yiminfo/