Emotional and Mental Health Support for Children and Young people
In East Riding we recognise mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people as an increasing concern. Our aim is to help prevent the development of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues and support children and young people with evidence-based services which build resilience and promote positive outcomes for all.
There are two pathways to support locally:
Primary School Age Children
If you are a professional seeking support for a primary school aged child living in the ERYC area consent must be gained to discuss concerns with the Early Help Locality Hub nearest to the where the child resides.
Secondary School Age Children
Information on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Support Service for secondary school can be found on the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service page
Online Support: www.Thirteen.me.uk
As well as providing face to face support the service has worked in partnership with Viking FM to develop an online resource for young people, families and professionals to provide health promotion information, advice and guidance and self-help on a range of issues faced by children and young people. The site also provides information on how to access further support.
What is the definition of mental health?
Mental health is defined as, ‘A state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’. World Health Organisation (2010).
Mental Health can be seen as a continuum wherein and individuals mental health may have many different possible values.
Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how “mental health” is defined.
Mental disorders comprise a broad range of problems, with different symptoms. However, they are generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. Most of these disorders can be successfully treated. World Health Organisation (2010).
There are different types of mental health problems. Mental health problems can be broadly seperated into two main categories:
- Common mental health problems these include depression and anxiety disorder, panic attacks, phobia's, acute stress disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder;
- Psychosis - schizophrenia and bipolor disorder (previously called manic depression) are less common.
What is the impact of adult mental health?
The association between adult mental health disorders and child abuse and neglect has been well documented. It is estimated that health problems will affect 1 in 4 adults at some point in their lives.
Mental health problems are disturbances in the way people think, feel and behave. Untreated a mental health problem can have a major impact on an individuals ability to function. Risk factors differ depending on the mental health problem.
The majority of people recover or learn to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives despite their diagnosis. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence produces evidence based guidance on the treatment of mental health problems
Many children will grow up with a parent who, at some point, will have some degree of mental health problem. Most of these parents will have mild or short-lived illnesses, and will usually be treated by their general practitioner. A few children live with a parent who has a severe mental illness.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists produce a factsheet on parental mental illness; the impact on children and adolescents; information for parents, carers and anyone working with young people.
The impact is explored further in Children’s Needs – Parenting Capacity available to download below:
What are the responsibilities of support services?
Adult mental health services – including those providing general adult and community, forensic, psychotherapy, alcohol and substance misuse and learning disability services – have a responsibility in safeguarding children when they become aware of, or identify, a child at risk of harm.
Is there local training available?
East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership
You can access information and apply on-line for a range of inter-agency mental health training
Youth Mental Health First Aid
The course overview and aims are the same as MHFA, but focus on 11 to 18 year olds.
The course covers:
- common youth mental health problems;
- depression and anxiety;
- suicide and self harm;
- substance misuse and eating disorders;
- mental health policy and legislation.
- To apply online for this course please go to the training page:
Where can I find out further information?
Single Point of Access - Mental Health
Worried about you own or someone's elses health? You can access local adult services via:
Tel: 01482 617560 Monday to Friday 8am until 6pm
Tel: 020 7931 6480
Support for people with bipolar disorder (including hypomania) and their families and friends.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
Tel: 0161 705 4304
Can provide details of accredited therapists.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Tel: (01455) 883300
For practitioners in your area.
The British Psychological Society
Tel: 0116 254 9568
Produces a directory of chartered psychologists.
Advice line: 0808 808 7777
Independent Information and support for carers.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Tel: 0844 477 9400
Helpine and advice for those affected by death
web: childbereavementuk.org (external website)
The Child Death Helpline provides a freephone service to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age which occurred under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.
Phone: 0800 282 986
Hearing Voices Network
Tel: 0114 271 821
A support group providing information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.
Mental Health Law Online
Advice line: 0845 456 0455
Information and support for people affected by severe mental illness.
24-hour helpline: 08457 90 90 90
Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope.