Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice from the NHS and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
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Signs that something is wrong
Around 1 in 8 children and young people experience behavioural or emotional problems growing up. For some, these will resolve with time, while others will need professional support.
It can be difficult to know if there is something upsetting a child or young person, but there are ways to spot when something’s wrong. Look out for:
- significant changes in behaviour
- ongoing difficulty sleeping
- withdrawing from social situations
- not wanting to do things they usually like
- self-harm or neglecting themselves
Remember, everyone feels low, angry or anxious at times. But when these changes last for a long time or are significantly affecting them, it might be time to get professional help.
You know your child better than anyone so, if you’re worried, first think if there has been a significant, lasting change in their behaviour.
This could be at home, school or college; with others or on their own; or in relation to specific events or changes in their life.
If you’re concerned or unsure, there is lots of support out there, including professional help in the support section of NHS EVERY MIND MATTERS WEBSITE
MindEd for Families also has information explaining some common behavioural problems in different age groups.
Download the Should I be worried pdf here.
More helpful advice can be found at NHS EVERY MIND MATTERS / CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH
Whether you are a teacher or parent, there is support there for you, DO NOT FEEL ALONE. If you are a teacher and would like to talk to someone at Excelsior MAT about your worries please get in touch with our Lead Wellbeing Support Worker N.Harrold@excelsiormat.org
If you are a parent at one of our schools and have concerns about your child please contact your childs teacher in confidence and they will guide you, most of all, stay strong.