Children’s mental health week 2024 is set to take place from February 5th to February 11th. This week provides a dedicated space to address the unique mental health challenges that children and young people may face. Find out how you can help a child to have good mental health!
Common mental health disorders in children:
Understanding the common mental health disorders that affect children is vital to provide support and to teach the young person how to handle their emotions. Disorders such as anxiety, depression and ADHD are more common. Other disorders can include learning and developmental disabilities.
Signs a child/young person is struggling:
- Significant changes in behaviour
- Difficulty sleeping or over sleeping
- Withdrawing from social situations
- Not wanting to do things they enjoy
- Self-harm or neglecting themselves
Ways to provide support:
- Be there to listen: Listening to and valuing what they say makes them feel valued. Regularly ask how they’re doing, to help them get used to talking about their feelings, and know there’s always someone there to listen.
- Stay involved in their life: Show interest in their life and what’s important to them. Supporting and encouraging them to explore their interests.
- Build positive routines: Try to have structure around regular routines, especially around healthy eating and exercise.
- Help them through difficulties: Pay attention to how they are feeling or behaving and try to help them work through difficulties. It may not be easy facing challenging behaviour but try to help them understand what they’re feeling and why.
What you can do as a healthcare professional:
Without early diagnosis and treatment, children and young people with mental disorders may have problems at home, in school, and in forming friendships. Therefore, it may interfere with a child’s development, causing problems that can continue into adulthood. As a healthcare worker, early diagnosis and treatment is very important. You can support this person to change their way of life, by noticing these behaviours.
Reach out to Prospero Health & Social Care:
If you’re passionate about making a difference in children’s lives and want to contribute to their mental health and wellbeing, Prospero Health and Social Care invites you to explore our Children’s Support Worker Jobs.