EMOTIONAL HEALTH &
Emotional Health and Wellbeing, is also referred to as mental wellbeing in this section.
Just as people’s bodies can become unwell, people’s minds can become unwell too. Mental health problems are more common than you might think, on average there are three children in every classroom have a mental health problem, and 1 in 4 adults in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any one year. 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24 so it is really important to ensure children and young people have good emotional health and wellbeing.
There are different kinds of physical illness and different ways to treat them. There are also different types of mental illness and different types of treatments for them. But mental illness is something most people find hard to talk about.
This website will not go into specific detail on different mental illnesses, have a look at the Young Minds website for information on these. This website will instead focus on improving young people’s emotional health and wellbeing.
To find out more about key facts, research and policy in the field of children and young people’s mental health in the UK have a look at the Young Mind’s website for professionals.
Five steps to mental wellbeing
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Worried about a child?
For reliable information about common mental health and behaviour concerns in children and young people aged 0-25 visit the Young Minds website. Find out about symptoms, possible causes and what you can do to help, with links to further information, resources and other organisations you can contact for support. The YoungMinds Parents Helpline can help people to think things through, so signpost parents and carers here if you need to, so they can talk to someone in confidence about their worries.
Locally you can suggest a parent or carer talks to their child’s school nurse or GP about any concerns, in some circumstances the GP may refer them to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). You can find out more about CAMHS by clicking here.
The Shelf Titles are part of a national scheme aimed at improving emotional health and well-being.
The Shelf Help booklist is aimed at young people, and offers advice about issues such as bullying and exams, as well as mental health conditions such as anxiety, stress and OCD. The titles have been chosen and endorsed by professionals. Copies of the titles are available for loan from the Central Library. More details can be found on the library web pages.