Posted: 09 October 2019

Well-being advice from our practitioners

Our Good Childhood Report found that children's happiness is at its lowest since 2009. Whilst most enjoy their childhood, more and more young people are unhappy with their friends, schools and appearance. They struggle as a result of family finances and worry about what their future might look like. 

Here are some top tips from our practitioners if you're concerned about a young person's well-being. 

If you're a young person concerned about your own emotional well-being

  • Talk to someone: find someone who you trust (preferably a parent/carer if able to do so) and talk to them about your feelings, do not try to keep everything inside.
  • Online support: if you can’t find someone in person, look online. Please don’t feel like you have to go through this alone, or feel that asking for help is a weakness. It is one of the bravest things you can do.   
  • Refer yourself to a professional: consider seeing a professional if you are feeling in very low mood or have any risk attached to your current state of mind, i.e. suicidal ideation or self-harm.  

If you're a parent or carer concerned about a young person  

  • Ask how you can help: listen to them without judgement and take their feelings seriously. Ask them 'what do you need?’, ‘how can I help?’. There might be ways you can support them yourself.

Ask them 'what do you need?'

  • Refer to a professional: you may want to gain their consent to see their GP or other professional who will be able to complete an assessment and signpost appropriately or safeguard. 
  • Signpost to appropriate support: let them know there is plenty of support available, through our services, other local services or online.

If you're a teacher looking for advice on how to support vulnerable young people

  • Enhance learning: as well as the above advice, teachers could enrol onto our Youth Mental Health First Aid course to increase knowledge and understanding of mental health. They may also want to invite our practitioners to the school to deliver workshops on mental health.
  • Challenge misconceptions: with greater confidence on issues surrounding mental health, teachers should challenge and reduce mental health related stigma and discrimination
  • Encourage in-school counselling: teachers could help the young person speak to their families or school counsellor - or suggest the school employ a counsellor/family support service.

Our resource vault has mental and emotional health advice for all ages. If you are concerned about a young person and would like more information on an issue of emotional or mental health, please refer to these advice pages. 

Many young people don't get the support they need early enough. We're calling on the Government to introduce a well-being measure in schools to make sure young people are listened to and supported before they develop serious mental health issues.



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