Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
If a child is in immediate danger please call 999
What it is
Emotional Well Being means a lot of different things, for example: being happy and confident and not anxious or depressed. As parents we are always concerned about the emotional wellbeing and development of our children.
We want them to flourish and be able to do things for themselves, to be able to solve problems, manage their emotions, be resilient to lifeâ€™s challenges, have good relationships with others and not exhibit behavioural issues, such as being disruptive, violent or bullying.
However, there are lots of reasons why some young people become emotionally unwell, for example, experiencing abuse, having poor relationships with people that are close to them, struggling to get on with people at school, living in challenging home conditions.
Just as we all have physical health, we have mental health too. And just as our bodies can become unwell, so can our minds. Like physical illness, mental illness affects people of any age, race, religion or income.
Poor emotional health can lead to problems later in life. Did you know? 1 in 10 young people experience mental health problems.
What to do
We do not always know where to look for help if we suspect that our children are going through a tough time, experiencing poor emotional wellbeing or mental health and many feel that to ask for information, help or support reflects badly on them as parents, when the opposite true.
Youngminds-Parents - they have also got lots of useful information and tips for parents children and young people.
There are lots of simple, everyday ways as a parent that you can support a child or young person who may have emotional wellbeing mental health problem. Small things can make a big difference â€“ like being there to listen, keeping in touch and reminding them you care. This poster has been produced by Time to Change as a reminder how you can help.
For more information and lots of resources, visit the Time to Change website.
Time to Change have also produced a conversation starter. Download the template and have a go. Conversation starter
In Barnet, there are local organisations that can provide support for parents, children and young people who may poor emotional wellbeing or who are worried about their mental health. These include:
BEH Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - explains what NHS services are provided, information for families and professionals on how/when to make a referral.
LB of Barnet - Local Offer - for wider information on health services within Barnet.
If you feel your child would prefer to talk to someone anonymously, interact with other young people who may be feeling the same but in a moderated environment or read information for themselves then
KOOTH - is a free confidential online counselling service for Barnet Young People 11-19 year olds.
Childline - Is a national Charity that has a wealth of experience of supporting Children and Young people though a variety of mediums, online, on the phone, via an app and in some circumstances face to face.
Young Barnet Foundation - hold a wealth of information on local charities that can offer support and advice to young people and families on emotional wellbeing.