Health And Wellbeing

TAKING CARE OF THE

Health And Wellbeing
Of Your Child

Looking after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. As anxiety and other mental health conditions are on the rise amongst young people, it is becoming increasingly important to recognise the signs of mental health problems in order to address them early on. Some key signs to look out for are;

  • A change in personality
  • Becoming withdrawn or refusing to talk
  • Losing interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Repeated physical symptoms (eg. headaches, stomach pain etc)
  • Change in appetite
  • Refusal to attend school
  • Becoming unnaturally attached to parents/carers
  • Inability to regulate emotions

ACTION TO TAKE TO

Support Your Child's
Mental Health

If you notice your child or a loved one is showing any of these signs, there are actions you can take to help them;

  • Ask them if they would like to talk to you or another trusted person
  • Ask them to try and explain how they are feeling, without placing blame or guilt
  • Be supportive and explain they will not always feel this way
  • Make an appointment with your GP to talk through options
  • Counselling/CBT can be effective in some cases
  • Sometimes medication may be prescribed