Children and young people may need support for their mental health and emotional wellbeing at different stages as they grow up.
If you’re worried about your child’s mental health, there is support available for them, and for you too.
Signs a child might be struggling with their mental health
It can be tough to know if your child is struggling but there are things that might suggest something is wrong. Look out for:
- significant behaviour changes
- ongoing difficulty sleeping
- withdrawing from social situations
- not wanting to do things they usually like
- self-harm or neglecting themselves
If someone’s life is at risk, they have taken an overdose or seriously harmed themselves, or you are worried you cannot keep them safe, call 999 or go to A&E immediately.
Where to go if you need help for your child
You can find tips and advice to support your child to maintain good mental health where you live. By following these links you’ll find services, community support groups and helplines.
Worry and anxiety
Many people describe anxiety as a feeling of fear or unease. It’s something lots of children and young people experience. It’s a natural reaction to some situations, but if it continues for a long-time it can make day to day life difficult.Find out more
Depression and low mood
If your child is experiencing low mood, they may feel more sad, tearful, worried or tired than usual. Sometimes they may feel down and less confident in themselves. This can last a couple of days and then go away but sometimes these feelings persist for a long time.
If you notice signs of depression or low mood in your child, it’s important to seek support.
Self-esteem is how a person feels about themselves. The pressures of modern life on children and young people can impact their self-esteem. Most children and young people will have dips in self-esteem as they grow up, but with support from loved ones they usually overcome this.Find out more
Social media and mental health
Being online a lot as a young person is normal. But sometimes, young people see and hear content that has a negative impact on their mental health. Young Minds can help your child make their time online more positive.Find out more
Gaming and mental health
There are some great things about gaming, but if it starts to take over a young person’s life, it can sometimes have a negative impact on their mental health. Young Minds can help your child make their time gaming more positive.Find out more