As a parent you are always going to be the expert on your child. You may have found yourself saying some of the following sentences to yourself or your partner:
What is mental health and wellbeing?
Mental health and wellbeing is an enormous topic and covers many conditions. In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Good mental health or wellbeing means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with.
Our very own Councillor Nicola Roulstone talks about the importance of mental health awareness:
"One in four people struggle with mental health issues at some point during their lives and I’m one of them."
Listen to Rasheed and Zeph talk about why it's important for parents to be in their child's corner.
How do I get a diagnosis?
If your child lives within Derby city and you have concerns or you suspect that they may have mental health issues, you should speak with:
your health visitor
or your educational provider.
Children do not need a diagnosis of any condition to get support at school. Your child’s school must do it’s best to give your child the support they need.
Where can I find support?
Derby City team for mental health is called STePS. It consists of experienced and qualified staff who deliver a range of services including:
Promote inclusive practice
Support young children with a range of additional needs
Work flexibly in the child’s home and/or education setting
Work with children and their parents or carers
Liaise with other agencies
Provide advice, support and training for settings
Support transition into a child’s first school place
SENDIASS offers free confidential, impartial advice and support to parents, children and young people up to the age of 25 about Special Education Needs and Disabilities as well as guiding you through the SEND processes and procedures.
To find out more about the support that SENDIASS offers contact them on 01332 641 414 or email SENDIASS@derby.gov.uk
Facebook pages and groups
Here are some helpful Facebook pages and support groups:
The Looney Chick is an award-winning blog featuring real life stories about people who suffer from mental health illnesses.
Let's remember the positives
Today, mental health doesn’t have the stigma it used to have. High profile ambassadors like Prince Harry, have brought it into the mainstream. Research has shown people living with mental health share positive psychological traits such as spirituality, empathy, creativity, realism, and resilience.
However, children and young people need help to make that first step to wellness: Talking.
Here parents share tips on encouraging young people to open up and talk about their worries and concerns.