I'm a parent or carer

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Many children and young people experience emotional and behavioural problems from time to time. They may be stressed about exams, friendship problems, confused about body changes or anxious about the future. They may experience worries and sadness. There is lots of advice and information online about how to help.

If you are worried about your child, you can get excellent advice and support from YoungMinds. They have a free helpline (0808 802 5544) staffed Monday to Friday. You can also find information on their website.

You can also get lots of information about how you can help using Mind-Ed. Mind-Ed is an online e-portal offering free, simple advice to help adults identify, understand and support children and young people with mental health issues. Sections about Talking to children and Is your child depressed? maybe particularly helpful for parents.

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Need more help?

There is a difference between feeling worried and anxious from time to time and a serious emotional health problem. If your child's difficulties are not improving over time, or if the problems are having a significant impact on him or her, then it may be time to get more professional help.

Your GP is also well placed to discuss your concerns with you and direct you to local support such as perhaps a parenting support group.

Any professional working with children and young people can help. If your child's problems seem centred around the school then approaching a teacher or pastoral care staff member at school would be the best place to start.

If your child has more significant problems or if the problems not getting better, then a referral to Specialist CAMHS may be the next step.

What is CAMHS?

Specialist CAMHS are NHS mental health services that focus on the needs of children and young people with more significant mental health problems. We are a diverse team, that include Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Mental Health Practitioners, CBT Therapists Family Therapists and Counsellors. More information can be found on the NHS website

If your child has self-harmed or has expressed suicidal thoughts, seek immediate support from A&E and make an emergency appointment with your GP.