It’s vitally important to remember that children are just as vulnerable to mental illness as adults are. In fact their emotional well being when younger is claimed to be the most important factor in determining satisfaction in adulthood. Have a gander at this article, exploring what the latest research says.
The emotional and mental wellbeing of children also has a huge impact on factors such as their engagement with and success in education, the development of social skills and, of course, their experience of life as young people. It’s therefore important, no vital, that we prioritise their emotional and mental health as they grow. Whether as family members, friends or professionals, we should be striving to help children maintain good mental health throughout childhood. We should also be raising and educating them with a positive attitude and awareness of mental health and mental illness. By doing this we will see stigma and discrimination disappear as open discourse about mental health becomes an every day topic.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.