Mental health and emotional wellbeing
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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 life'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.
Young Minds have lots of useful information and tips for parents and carers of children and young people.
There are lots of simple, everyday ways as a parent or carer that you can support a child or young person who may have emotional wellbeing mental health problem. Small things can make a big difference like being there to listen, keeping in touch and reminding them you care.
Time to Change have produced a conversation starter which may help you talk to young people about their mental health. For more information and lots of resources, visit the Time to Change website.
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:
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) explains what NHS services are provided, and gives information for families and professionals on how/when to make a referral.
Barnet Local Offer gives information about services available for children and young people with educational needs and/or disabilities and their families.
If you feel your child would prefer to talk to someone anonymously and speak with other young people who may be feeling the same in a moderated environment 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, including 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.