Did you know that around 75% of mental illnesses start before a person’s 18th birthday?

It was Children’s Mental Health week a couple of weeks ago.  This looked at the rise of mental health conditions in children and the support that is given to them.  It’s important to access support for your mental health at any stage of life, but with most long-term mental health problems starting at adolescence, it is imperative for support to be accessible for young people.

The mental health sector is something that is struggling, but there are some amazing organisations and charities out there that may be able to provide the information or guidance you require.

YoungMinds is a charity that offers support to both young people facing mental health worries as well as aids parents and carers who have concerns for their young person.  YoungMinds has an A-Z guide for parents and there is a guide on there that relates to Divorce and Separations.

Place2Be.  This organisation also provides support to adults for children.  There is a section called “Big changes” which directs you to support for a variety of things from bereavement to exam stress.

If you require support or further information regarding a child’s mental health, or your own, please do not hesitate to contact your GP or visit the NHS website for assistance.