The past few months have been hard on everyone, including children and young people. As a group, young people are currently reporting higher levels of stress and anxiety than the adult population, and their parents and carers are understandably concerned.
The Better Health – Every Mind Matters website offers new NHS-approved tips and advice on supporting the mental wellbeing of children and young people, including:
- Regularly ask how they're doing so they get used to talking about their feelings
- Show interest in their life and the things important to them
Take what they say seriously
Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour
Encourage their interests
Introduce structure around regular routines, healthy eating, and exercise.
Warwickshire's Family Information Service provides support, advice and one-to-one support for families, parents, carers and professionals on a variety of issues including family relationships, housing, parenting support, childcare, health and wellbeing and much more. See their website, or call 01926 742274.
Rise is an NHS-led service providing mental health and emotional wellbeing support for children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire. If you or someone you know needs help now call 02476 641799 between 8am-8pm or 0300 200 0011 outside of these hours.
If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child or young person, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01926 414144.