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Strategies for parents to help support their child's mental health.

The NHS is urging parents and carers to be alert to signs that their children may be experiencing anxiety or low mood.

Signs that parents should look out for include:

·         You might find they are more upset or find it hard to manage their emotions

·         They may appear anxious or distressed

·         Increasing trouble with sleeping and eating

·         Appearing low in mood, withdrawn or tearful

·         Reporting worried or negative thoughts about themselves or their future

·         For younger children, there may be more regressed behaviour such as bed wetting or separation anxiety

If a parent is worried about their child’s mental health, they can help by:

·         Making time to talk to your child

·         Allow your child to talk about their feelings

·         Try to understand their problems and provide reassurance that you have heard them and are there to help

·         Help your child do positive activities including exercise

·         Try to keep a routine over the next few months

·         Look after your own mental health

·         Talk to a teacher, your GP or health worker about your child’s mental health. They can refer you to the right support.

·         If your child is facing a mental health crisis, contact your local 24/7 NHS helpline

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