Talking to your child about how they are feeling and understanding their emotions and behaviour is key to being able to help and support them. But it can feel tricky talking about this.
Take a look at the Parents Survival Guide from Young Minds, which gives some great tips for helping your child.
If you are increasingly worried about your child’s behaviour and want to learn more about mental health the Young Minds website has a page dedicated to different mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement and bullying, to name but a few. This is a good place to start, though if you’re increasingly concerned get in touch with your school nurse or GP who can tell you where to find local support.
You can also download Coping with Self-harm: A Guide for Parents and Carers, published by the University of Oxford.
Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CWP CAMHS) also have a local website dedicated to the mental well-being of children. The site details how this local service can help and also offers some great strategies for children to help them through life’s journey.