Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
If a child is in immediate danger please call 999
Emotional Well Being means a lot of different things, for example: being happy and confident and not anxious or depressed. As Professions working with Children and Young people we are always concerned about their safety and particularly with regards emotional wellbeing.
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
Even as professionals 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. Indeed some may feel that to ask for information, help or support reflects badly on them as parents, when the opposite true.
Line manager and colleagues have learned knowledge and are often an excellent starting point.
However should you wish to source additional knowledge or support then you could try
Young Minds - they have also got lots of useful information and tips for children and young people and parents.
There are lots of simple, everyday ways we all 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. 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 agencies and organisations that can provide support if you suspect children and young people of experiencing poor state of emotional wellbeing or if you 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 the Child or Young Person would prefer to talk to someone anonymously, interact with other young people who may be feeling the same but in a moderated environment or would like to read information for themselves then
KOOTH – is a free confidential online counselling service for Barnet Young People 11-19 yr olds
Childline – Is a national Charity that has a wealth of experience of supporting Children and Young people though a varit of mediums, online, on the phone, via an app and in some circumstances face to face
Also the 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.