Every Mind Matters: More support for children's mental health

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A new website is being launched with advice about mental health and wellbeing for parents and children

A new campaign has been launched to help and support children, young people and their parents when it comes to mental health.

Better Health - Every Mind Matters has been put together by Public Health England, with support from leading children and mental health charities.

The Every Mind Matters website is designed to help young people build resilience and to help them to look after their wellbeing.

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There are also tips to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and to support them.

A short film to show how important it is to ask for help when you need it is also being released.

It's illustrated by artist Charlie Mackesy who drew the pictures for the book; The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

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It also includes TV and radio presenters like Davina McCall, Marvin Humes, Katie Piper, Sean Fletcher and Edith Bowman reading a short story about what it means to be brave.

Lockdown has been a difficult time for lots of children, with recent research showing that the coronavirus outbreak has caused an increase in anxiety among young people.

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More than two-fifths (41%) of children and young people said they were more lonely than before lockdown, and more than a third said they were more worried (38%), more sad (37%) or more stressed (34%).

The survey of children in England was carried out by children's charity Barnardo's.

Emma Thomas, Chief Executive of mental health charity YoungMinds, said, "The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact of the lives of children and young people across the country and many have struggled with social isolation, anxiety and fears about what the future holds."

Over half of parents have said that the mental wellbeing of their children has been one of their biggest concerns during lockdown, according to new Public Health England data.

The effects of the pandemic on children and young people's mental health have been challenging and it is vital we continue to do all we can to protect them and prevent long-term effects.

Nadine Dorries, Minister for Mental Health

Lots of parents want to know how to better help support their children's mental health, but don't know how to.

Nearly a quarter (22%) of parents surveyed said that not knowing what action to take has stopped them supporting their children's mental wellbeing, and more than a third (38%) want more advice on how to support children's mental wellbeing when they return to school.

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The Every Mind Matter website is designed to help parents and carers of both younger children, aged 5-13 and older children aged 13-18.

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If you're worried about mental health, wellbeing, or if you have any questions, speak to an adult that you trust. It might be a teacher or an older relative.

You might wish to speak to your local doctor or you can also ring Childline for free on 0800 11 11. This number does not show up on your phone bill.

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  • I have autism, anxiety and maybe OCD. People often think they aren’t real conditions, but they can be just as severe as many physical conditions. It’s really difficult to live with, and is really, really annoying.
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    We're sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time. It could really help to talk to someone about how you are feeling. You can confide in any trusted adult such as a parent, relative or teacher, but if there is no one you feel you can speak to, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11 - calls are free, confidential and won't show up on any bill. You can also visit the Childline website at childline.org.uk, and there is a free Childline app you can download called For Me.

    Do try to speak to someone as soon as possible. You might be surprised to find out how much better you feel when you share your feelings.

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  • My mental health has been the same as before lockdown, but it's not very good though
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    We're sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time. It could really help to talk to someone about how you are feeling. You can confide in any trusted adult such as a parent, relative or teacher, but if there is no one you feel you can speak to, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11 - calls are free, confidential and won't show up on any bill. You can also visit the Childline website at childline.org.uk, and there is a free Childline app you can download called For Me.

    Do try to speak to someone as soon as possible. You might be surprised to find out how much better you feel when you share your feelings.

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