Call to help kids tackle men­tal health prob­lems

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

Young peo­ple in Scot­land are fac­ing a men­tal health cri­sis and should be able to ac­cess the right help when and where they need it.

Half of men­tal health prob­lems in adult­hood be­gin be­fore the age of 14, and three-quar­ters by the age of 24.

But, ev­ery day, 19 young peo­ple don’t get the sup­port they need.

Early in­ter­ven­tion is cru­cial says SAMH – Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Men­tal Health - who stress it is pos­si­ble to re­cover or learn to man­age a men­tal health prob­lem.

Their new cam­paign, Go­ing To Be, fea­tures chil­dren dream­ing about their fu­ture, and ac­knowl­edg­ing that this may in­clude a men­tal health prob­lem.

Now Scot­land’s na­tional men­tal health char­ity wants to high­light the prob­lem and en­cour­age young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies to speak out about men­tal health.

Men­tal health among young

call ev­ery 30min­utes to ChildLine is from a young per­son ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sui­ci­dal thoughts.

num­ber of young peo­ple call­ing ChildLine for help about eat­ing dis­or­ders has in­creased by 110 per cent since 2011.

Nearly one in five 16 to 24-year-olds have re­ported to self-harm.

The pro­por­tion of 15 and 16-year-olds re­port­ing that they fre­quently feel anx­ious or de­pressed has dou­bled in the last 30 years. peo­ple in­cludes prob­lems from eat­ing dis­or­ders to anx­i­ety, self­harm or de­pres­sion. By the time they’re 16, three chil­dren in ev­ery class­room will have ex­pe­ri­enced some kind of men­tal health prob­lem.

Grow­ing up can present many pres­sures – exam stress, be­reave­ment, bul­ly­ing, body im­age and first re­la­tion­ships.

And in some cases, young peo­ple just need some­one to chat things through with and dis­cuss their wor­ries. The pres­sures of grow­ing up mean many chil­dren go through a dif­fi­cult time and it’s nat­u­ral to feel sad or wor­ried from time to time.

This doesn’t mean they have a men­tal health prob­lem. But when it starts to im­pact ev­ery­day life, it could mean a child needs some help. Last year, nearly 7000 young peo­ple were turned away from CAMHS (Child and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health Ser­vices) and we don’t know why, what hap­pened to them and what other sup­port was of­fered, if any.

But GPs, teach­ers and par­ents need more op­tions when pre­sented with a young per­son who may be men­tally un­well.

Join the SAMH Go­ing To Be cam­paign and speak out about men­tal health to sup­port young peo­ple achieve the fu­ture they de­serve. The SAMH web­site has lots of in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice for young peo­ple and par­ents at­ing­tobe If you need ur­gent help call ChildLine free on 0800 1111 or the NSPCC Adult Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

By the time they’re 16, three chil­dren in ev­ery class­room will have ex­pe­ri­enced a men­tal health prob­lem

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