YoungMinds calls for more support to aid recovery for children with mental health problems

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that more needs to be done to support children with mental health problems. Thirty per cent of children diagnosed as having an emotional disorder in 2004 still had the disorder in 2007. YoungMinds believes that these children need ongoing support, not just from the medical professionals, but from schools, teachers and their families, to help recovery.

Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds said:  “The children’s workforce; teachers, youth workers and health visitors all need to be trained to support children in distress, understand normal child development and recognise signs of mental health problems. We are not calling for everyone to become a therapist but to simply understand the role they can play in supporting children’s emotional wellbeing.

The ONS survey of emotional development and wellbeing of children and young people also shows that factors such as strong networks of friends and families, participation in clubs and groups and perceived safety in the neighbourhood were strongly linked with emotional wellbeing.

Brennan added “It is important that young people’s needs are taken into account they are being treated for distress.  This means looking at the therapies and medications that are available, and also considering the child’s diet, exercise, relationships within their family, peer support and  involvement at school and after school clubs.”

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