World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
Well that sounds like a pretty important day to mark if you ask me. I spend a lot of my time on social media talking about my own experiences when it comes to my mental health. I do this to try and normalise mental health and do my little bit in reducing the stigma attached to it.
While that goes on what I also feel incredibly passionate about is childhood and adolescent wellbeing. Depression, anxiety and many other mental health battles are becoming more and more common amongst young people. 1 in 10 young people will be affected by mental health problems but unfortunately 70% of these won’t get the appropriate interventions.
It’s become clear that mental wellbeing is just as important as physical health. Just last night I went to a talk about teenage anxiety and it was filled with great and simple advice to help our children.
- healthy eating
- Good sleep
- Less social media
- Less screen time
- Turn off phone at night
- Keep hydrated
This all being said the government have promised changes and to increase the budget given to childhood mental health services because at the moment needs are not being met due to huge shortfalls in the system. The NHS is stretched and waiting times for initial interaction after a mental health referral from your GP is 18 weeks and even after that your child/ the child may not meet the criteria as only the most critical cases can be seen. This means we as adults whether it’s parents, friends, teachers, grandparents, family members etc, we need to help this younger generation. There are a huge number of websites out there which have great references.
Here are some great sources of support
- Great site for young people and parents. It even has a parent hotline.
- A brilliant page for young people to feel safe and can speak about their problems
- Get some ideas and downloads for ways to cope. We have to help ourselves.
- A fantastic site for parenting advice. They also run handon workshops! We all need help and advice when it comes to parenting.