One in three young people not comfortable with asking for mental health support

A recent survey has shown that one in three young people are not comfortable asking for mental health support, if they needed it.

With it being Mental Health Awareness week, this vastly important topic is becoming a more openly discussed subject, from where it started a few years ago.

Taking care of your mental health is extremely important and being able to talk about your own experiences, your health, exercise, sleeping patterns and favourite ways to de-stress can be massively helpful.

Though, it has become apparent following a recent survey, carried out on behalf of BBC Children in Need, that two-thirds of children and young people between the ages of 11 and 18 believe young people’s mental health has worsened due to the pandemic.

Not only this, one in three of these people say they are not comfortable asking for help if they need it.

This study has also found that two-thirds of parents surveyed noticed changes in their children’s mental health during the pandemic, for the first time. Additionally, a third of parents also said their child’s worries often affected their mood or behaviour since the first lockdown back in March 2020 also.

Despite these concerns, the survey suggests that children and young people would feel most comfortable speaking to a parent or carer, their friends, or other relatives about their mental health. This suggests that they are most likely to open up to those closest to them.

However, it is also demonstrated that a lot of children do not feel they can openly discuss their concerns with the people around them and many could end up missing out on the support they need.

How can you support your child’s mental health?

As a parent, it might be harder than ever to understand how best to look after and support your child’s mental health and wellbeing; as well as your own.

Here are a few tips that could really help:

  • Talk with them: Let your child know that it is normal to feel however they feel, whether that is worried, anxious, sad, or afraid.
  • Reassure your child in an age-appropriate manner: While you do not need to know all the answers, talking through things can help them feel at ease.
  • Stick to regular routines: The shift back to reality after Covid-19 will be nerve-wracking for children, so try keep a sense of the familiarity in their day-to-day lifestyle.

Synergy Complex Care specialise in providing high quality care and support for adults and children with complex needs in their own homes. We work with specialists to build a care and support plan around the symptoms, needs, wishes and chosen lifestyle of each client so that we can maximise independence and quality of life.

For more help or advice, please contact us today.

Posted in Children, Mental Health.