Even when children know who they can call on at times of need and understand how to get help, they might be reticent about seeking it. It’s important to explore any reasons why they might be reluctant and have open conversations about how to overcome these worries. This resource can be used as part of classroom discussion, or at home within family life, to prompt conversation about why seeking help and accessing their support network is always the best option.
It’s important for children to identify people in their support network who they feel happy asking for help, so that they know who to turn to if they are feeling down, need cheering up or are going through a crisis. This simple activity for young children nudges them to choose five allies who are always there to support them.
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Suzi Godson, founder of the MeeToo mental help app, an NHS endorsed app, where young people aged 11-25 can seek help anonymously and receive reliable, age-appropriate and moderated support and advice from peers or trained counsellors.
If your child is LGBTQ+ and needs support, here are some great services that can help. Many of them offer assistance to family members too.
If you or someone in your family needs assistance with any issues relating to mental health or wellbeing, this detailed list of services, helplines and charities can help.
If your child struggles with self-harm, it’s really important to have coping strategies that help them and people around who they can talk to when they need cheering up. When we feel down, we can sometimes forget who we can turn to, message or call up for help. We can also forget about the things that we can do which will help us to feel better. Encourage your child to fill out this handy plan, keep it safe, and to use it if they feel like they might be considering harming yourself.
If your child is struggling with self-harm, here is a list of organisations, books and other resources that can help both them and you. In the event of an emergency, or an immediate threat to life, always contact 999.
If your child needs urgent support in a crisis, here is a list of organisations that can help. In the event of an emergency, or an immediate threat to life, always contact 999.
Researcher of the Month: Dr Jerica Radez Discusses Help-Seeking for Teenagers with Depression and Anxiety
Our researcher of the month, Dr Jerica Radez, talks to Dr Weston about barriers and facilitators to help-seeking for teens with anxiety or depression. They discuss Dr Radez’s recent paper, examining how parents, schools and GPs can best encourage adolescents to seek help when they need it and Dr Radez tells us about her new simple screening tool, for use in any setting.
Our researcher of the month, Simon Brett, talks to Dr Weston about his project which assesses the impact of using a specific type of therapy to treat teen depression in school settings. They discuss the barriers to conventional treatment for teenagers, the way that Brief Behavioural Activation therapy works and the important role that parents can play.