What are mental health problems?
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
We know that we live in a country where the number of young people who are in need of urgent mental health support has tripled over the last 10 years. This figure does not yet reflect the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the mental health struggles we anticipate as a result.
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health and feel they need support please contact your child’s pastoral team. Also, please take a look at the resources which can be found below in Related Documents for additional support.