Mental Health is a serious issue with around 1 in 10 children having a diagnosable mental health condition and many more being affected by poor mental health (barnardos.org.uk).
What is Mental Ill-Health?
Mental ill-health can manifest in many different ways. A child could present with sadness, anger, low appetite, tired, emotional or just behaving differently or unusually. Changing mood is part of growing up and is perfectly normal however if a child is not bouncing back from these changing moods or you have concerns, please speak with someone.
Who to contact?
If you are concerned about the mental health of a child please contact the school for advice.
In addition, the ‘Dorset Mind Your Head’ website contains information, resources and other useful websites to support mental health issues.
What is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)?
CAMHS is an NHS service that supports children with serious mental health related issues. A CAMHS referral can be made by the school or via your GP. For more information visit https://camhsdorset.org/