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Mental Health Week 2017

The Importance of Children’s Mental Health

HealthBid’s extensive experience of working with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and 0-19s Services, means that we fully realise the increasing requirements of specialist mental health services. Indeed, a recent article by Mark Austin, ITV newsreader, on his daughter Maddy’s experience with anorexia, remarks on the increasing prevalence of poor mental health amongst younger generations. This accords with the charity Young Minds’ discovery that 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – equating to around three children in every class.


This week, the first such devoted to youth mental health, attempts to disseminate the message that help is there for those who need it. Indeed, one of the problems highlighted by youth blogger, Joseph Pascoe, is that many young people are not given adequate education on mental health in school, and so are unable to recognise the help they can access if they experience such poor health themselves, or see others experiencing ill health.


The week was organised by the charity, ‘Place2Be’, and includes a variety of school initiatives to get young people talking about mental health in the classroom. Monday saw royal patrons Kate and William observe a school ‘kindness’ assembly, and make use of the school’s ‘kindness bench’, where students can sit to show that they would like to talk to others about any problems they may be experiencing.


The campaign also plays a role in driving the Heads Together movement; spearheaded by the Royal Foundation in order to improve British mental health. April 2017 sees many runners undertaking the London Marathon on behalf of this awareness movement, including the journalist and mental health campaigner Bryony Gordon and several others, many of whom have first-hand experience of mental health problems. Heads Together wants 2017 to be a tipping point in the conversation about Mental Health, and CMHW 2017 following last week’s ‘Time to Talk Day’, it seems that mental health really is becoming a well-known topic.