For children and young people mental health problems can develop as a result of life circumstances like exam stress, transitions, caring responsibilities, relationships, sexual identity, poverty, unemployment, grief, illness and long term conditions and family imprisonment. Many of these mental health problems are mild and temporary and often manageable with help from supportive trusted adults like teachers, youth workers, parents/caregivers and peer groups. The problems pass as the child or young person moves on and finds new solutions. However, for some children and young people they may require support from an organisation who specialises in the area that is impacting on their mental health eg bereavement.
It is important that children, families and young people have range of support options for early intervention and can be helped to find their way to appropriate help quickly. Here are some Children and Young People Mental Health Supports available to access.
For some children and young people they may be finding it difficult to cope and may think of ending their life, if you are concerned about a child or young person's mental health and wellbeing and feel they may be in distress, their Doctor should be their first point of contact. If you feel the young person’s life in immediate danger please call 999 for assistance.