This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. You can follow the hashtag #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek on Twitter for useful links and information about this important topic.
Some of the statistics on children’s mental health are quite staggering, where on average, children and young people with mental health difficulties go ten years between first becoming unwell and getting any help. More information on this can been gathered from the centre for mental health’s website.
The Mental Health Foundation also have an interesting article on children’s mental health here, where an estimated 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. This is a scary statistic and shows the need that more help is needed for children and younger people in regards to their mental health.
As a society, we need to target the stigma that surrounds mental health early on throughout education and make young people aware that it is important to talk about these issues and seek help at an early age.
Young Minds is another great resource for young people and parents to find out more information about mental help, the different types of mental health conditions and the help that is available.
If you are a parent or young person and would like to discuss counselling with Morgan Walker Counselling, please contact me here.