Growing up can be a difficult time for many young people especially with the vast changes that occur in their emotional, physical and social development. As it's Childrens Mental Health Week from 6th - 12th February 2017, we thought its only right we raise awareness and together we can make a difference to the future of children & young people...
Among teenagers, rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70% in the past 25 years, particularly since the mid 1980’s. National research highlighted that on average 3 pupils per classroom are affected by such issues, however statistics reveal that as many as 2 in 5 children in Middlesbrough suffer from poor emotional health and well-being, which is higher than the national average.
Here at Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind’s REACH Team, we offer emotional support to children and young people that attend a Middlesbrough Primary or Secondary School. We see young people that are struggling with anxieties, have poor confidence and self-esteem, have difficulty controlling their emotions specifically anger or are experiencing problems with their relationships, including friends and family. Our service has received close to 1200 referrals, so its clear children and young people are needing the support more than ever.
“I enjoyed having someone to talk to because at the time I felt as though no one listened” Pupil.
"We will always be grateful for the way you gave us our daughter back” Parent.
Tips for improving your child’s emotional well-being:
- Do things as a family, whether this is playing board games, going on family days out, going for a walk in the woods or local park, baking with your child, being creative or watching a DVD.
- It is important to do things together, making sure that everyone feels included.
- Try to focus on positive behaviour and achievements your child has made rather than the negative.
- Praise your child when they have done something well.
- Talk to your child about any worries that they may have.
- Help your child reflect about their behaviour if they have done something wrong or if they have experienced a difficult situation.
This awareness week has been backed by Heads Together and other mental health charities such as Young minds and Place2Be. Even the royals Prince William and Catherine have got involved in highlgihting the importance of good mental health in children by attending schools and promoting acts of kindnesses.
All year round, make sure you look after your own mental health and let someone know how your feeling such as your parents, teacher or even your friends.
The more mental health is talked about as we're younger, the more we can break the stigma attached so any individual won't be afraid to speak up and receive the help they deserve.