Today, around the world, it’s mental health awareness day to show support for everyone who suffers from mental health problems. By raising awareness, it can provide more opportunities for people to not only talk about their problems but for others to find new strategies and approaches to deal with the mental health crisis.
Having a mental health problem can happen to any person, at any point in their life and can have a real impact on themselves and the people around them. Although, people with mental health problems often say that the social stigma attached to mental ill health and the discrimination they experience can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover. According to mentalhealth.org, one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and around one in ten children experience mental health problems. This may include, depression, anxiety, or create a disorder relevant to what is happening in their life.
CAMHS- Child and adolescent mental health services
CAMHS is a national provider for children and young people who suffer from mental health problems or who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing. This particular health service focuses on the needs of the child and consists of multi-disciplinary teams such as; Psychiatrists, social workers, occupational workers, nurses and many more.
To receive support from CAMHS for the child in your care it would be helpful to begin talking to your GP, someone you trust at the child’s school or a health visitor.
If you are struggling with your mental health or know someone or a child who is; here are some tips to help you.
- Talk about your feelings.
- Keep active.
- Have a well-balanced healthy lifestyle.
- Keep in touch with friends.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support from professionals.
It is important for children and young people to feel comfortable when talking about their problems and to know that it is ok to ask for help and support. It is key for them to know they are not on their own and by speaking to someone is the first step to recovery.