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Where Can Children Learn About Mental Health Online?

In 2020, we experienced something we never thought we would: a global pandemic. This continued for far longer than any of us could have imagined and has left us dealing with the ensuing post-pandemic mental health crisis. Now, more than ever, it is a time for us all to not only look out for ourselves but also for each other.
Supporting Children's Mental Health

Over the course of several lockdowns, the focus on general mental well-being has been paramount for individuals, teachers, parents and caregivers when it comes to the children in their care. We understand how important it is for children to have the right support available to them and to know precisely where to turn if they have any concerns about their mental health.

For this reason, we have compiled some of the best online mental health resources for children and where they can gain a better understanding of what mental health means to them. If you are a parent or caregiver seeking to support your child’s mental health, you can also explore our parenting courses that offer valuable guidance and strategies.

How Has Covid-19 Affected Children and Their Mental Health?

YoungMinds conducted research toward the end of 2019, suggesting that over 32 percent of young people with a history of mental health problems felt that the pandemic had negatively affected their mental health significantly. This research also indicated that over half of the young people in the study reported that it had worsened their mental health.

The pandemic has not only led to an increase in cases of agoraphobia but also heightened general health anxiety. Mind, a leading UK mental health charity, has reported an influx of people contacting them regarding Covid-19 and the effects that lockdowns have had on their mental health. Additionally, the charity Beating Eating Disorders has seen a more than 30 percent increase in the number of people using their helpline services.

Richard Crellin, the Policy and Research Manager at the Children’s Society, has stated that young people, with or without pre-existing mental health conditions, found the Covid-19 pandemic to be extremely triggering. He mentioned that they were constantly exposed to distressing statistics on television and across the internet, contributing to their increased anxiety. So, what does this mean for parents and caregivers, and what should you do if you are concerned about your child’s mental health?

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Resources to Help Your Child if They Are Struggling With Their Mental Health

We have become increasingly reliant on technology, especially in recent years due to the pandemic. We have learned that nearly anything can be transferred online, from our social lives to online grocery shopping.

While some may find this prospect intimidating, it has also brought numerous benefits, including the availability of online mental health resources for children and young people. If your child or foster child is showing signs of a mental health condition despite having no previous history of one, there are several online resources to explore:

Mind

Mind are the UK’s leading mental health charity. They provide advice, support and aim to empower people who have or are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. Mind run an Infoline, offering information and advice on mental health which can be reached via phone (0300 123 3393), text (86463) or email (info@mind.org.uk).

Along with this, Mind have created a page dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic and what that probably meant for mental health. This includes information for children and young adults who are worried about the pandemic’s effect on their mental wellbeing.

The Children’s Society

Working towards improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people, The Children’s Society have put together a variety of resources online that could help during these troubling times.

The Children’s Society know how important it is to support young people through this mental health crisis and have created a Covid-19 mental health and wellbeing hub on their website. Their dedicated info and support page also offers help on subjects such as loneliness.

YoungMinds

Another leading mental health charities that are fighting for children and young people’s mental health is YoungMinds. YoungMinds offers a Parent Helpline that you can reach on 0808 802 5544.

Along with direct help for parents and carers, a child can also visit the website for advice and information on looking after their mental health and selfcare tips to stay on top of it.

YoungMinds also have a blog where young people help to contribute to and read about other people’s experiences.

Emerging Minds

Emerging Minds are a network dedicated to reducing the mental health crisis in children and young people. They have useful advice for parents and carers on supporting children who may be worrying about the aftereffects of the pandemic, or children who have become more distressed since Covid-19 has been around. You can visit the Emerging Minds website here.

Parents and carers can also access webinars that focus on supporting children and young people throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Further Support

Regrettably, many children were already experiencing mental health conditions before the pandemic, and they now require even more support. It’s crucial to understand that all emotions are valid when dealing with a child with pre-existing mental health issues. No two individuals will experience mental health challenges in the same way, and some may feel their emotions more intensely than others.

The key takeaway here is that support is available if you or the child in question needs it. The NHS mental health directory is a valuable resource, offering helplines, websites and information. Finally, in case of a severe emergency, always call 999.

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