Seeking help – how to prepare

 

Starting to reach out for help around mental health problems may seem difficult. Ideally anyone mental health problem who visits their GP practice will get the support that best suits their needs.

Your GP is there to help mental health as well as physical health. Around one third of all GP appointments are related to mental health.

“The first time I went to my GP about my depression,

I was completely terrified. I had suffered in silence

for 6 months, and was so ashamed

that I couldn’t ‘fix’ it myself.”

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Under 18 female self harm hospital admissions continue to rise

” The number of admissions to hospital of girls under the age of 18 in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Parents and schools are urged to become more aware and seek early advice and interventions.
  • Self harm is not attention seeking
  • Enquire or book a place or your organisation on a MHFA course to become more confident in recognising the early signs and following the appropriate steps to support
  • Enquire or book 1-1 session work to help the young person with underlying causes
  • Follow safeguarding policy
  • Do not hesitate to call emergency services if needed

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The Guardian reports that figures provided in response to a written question in the House of Lords, answered by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health Lord O’Shaughnessy, show that

” The number of admissions to hospital of girls under the age of 18 in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago.

NHS Digital hospital admission figures:

13,463 females under the age of 18 in 2016/17 against 7,327 in 1997/98

2,332 males under the age of 18 in 2016/17 against 2,236 in 1997/98

Source: Guardian Date: 06 August 2018

Further information: UK Parliament: self-harm: children: written question – HL9500

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Self-esteem in the age of social-media

Posted by / Wednesday 25 July 2018  – Action for Children

One of the main priorities as a parent is your child’s happiness and well-being. If your child or young adult owns a smartphone or tablet, chances are they have at least one social media account.

There are many great things that come with people using social media, such as being able to keep up with friends and family, discovering new places or interests and documenting important events or times in your life.

While it feels great to share your life and get a positive response, sometimes negative responses pop up such as feeling jealous when comparing yourself to others.

Starting the conversation

Self-esteem is defined as confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; and self-respect. It is easy to fall victim to self-esteem issues when you see those around you thriving and posting the best version of themselves online. Begin a conversation with your child about whether or not social media has ever made them feel less confident as a person. If your child is feeling media induced self-doubt, here are some conversational topics in order to help them avoid these problems of uncertainty:

·         Ask your child why they enjoy social media.

·         Getting to the bottom of what aspects of media appeals to your kids is a good way to gauge why they follow who they follow and post what they post.

·         Encourage your child to think about whether or not likes on a photo or post is valuable feedback.

As a child or young adult, it can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of social media. By encouraging your child to appreciate and absorb the positive reactions they are receiving in ‘real life’, and not just over a screen, you can hope to make them feel more confident about having a social media account and value the authenticity of real life interactions.

·         Give them kind, in person comments about their social media.

Chances are, you follow your kids on their social media platforms. If you see them post a selfie or another personal thing about themselves, give them a call or tell them how you liked their post in person. This will help them see the difference between how it feels to receive a compliment online about their post versus a real and personal, face-to-face compliment someone took the time to say.

 

Things to try:

·         Have a conversation about why some posts could be receiving more likes than others.

If your child is comparing themselves to celebrities or other influences on the internet, it is important to discuss why a celebrity would get more likes or post the content that they do.

·         Discuss the different between jealousy and admiration.

Traces of jealousy are a big factor that comes into play when people are having social media based self-confidence issues.

If you discuss with your child the differences and benefits of admiring someone versus the dangers of jealousy, this could help them see who they follow online more as role models and less as people they are trying to compare themselves to.

Individuality is an important thing for young people on media to be aware of.

 

Openess 

Social media can be a tricky tool for most people at some point, not just young adults and children.

Staying open with your child and using social media as a lesson to help them realise their confidence and individuality as a person is a great way to prepare them for other things that will come up in their lives that might lead to self-doubt.

Everything is good in moderation, and letting your child know that social media is not the only way for them to interact and engage with others positively is important.

Staying open with your children will allow them to see that meaningful conversations do not always have to happen behind a keyboard or computer screen, and that what they have to say is enough for you as a loving parent.

 

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Antidepressant prescription rise for under 12’s – Counting the cost

Child mental health

The BBC reports on the number of antidepressants prescribed to children. Responses to freedom of information requests sent to NHS England, NHS Scotland and the Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland show that:

 

Further information: File on 4: counting the cost: anti-depressant use in children is on BBC Radio 4 (broadcast 24 July 2018)

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