Today marks the start of Children’s Mental Health Week and this year’s theme is ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’. The ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’ theme focusses on the link between physical wellbeing (food, exercise, sleep) and mental wellbeing (emotional, psychological, social).
Place2Be is the charity behind Children’s Mental Health week and their website is a good place to start for parents looking for resources to help their children who may be struggling and for information about getting involved in this year’s initiative.
Young people’s mental health has become an issue of real concern. The most recent statistics show over 11% of 5-15 year olds in England and Wales have a mental health problem. There are many factors that can affect a child’s mental health and divorce and separation of parents may increase the risk. When a marriage or relationship between parents breaks down, a child can feel as if their world has been turned upside down. It is not unusual for children to show emotional and behavioural problems after family breakdown and this can manifest itself through problems at school, depression, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders.
Rayden Solicitors have run three seminars with local and national experts addressing the issues facing teens and tweens and how they are affected by anger, mood swings, exam stress, bullying and social media. If you are interested in attending a future seminar, or you would like to speak to one of our family law solicitors about family matters please contact us.