Advice & Info

It is a common myth that all young people "go through ups and downs" during puberty and that "it's nothing".

However, an estimated 1 in 10 young people (or 3 in an average classroom) will experience a mental health problem in a given year.  The actual number is likely to be higher, as many young people don’t get the help they need when they need it.

Good mental health means young people can get the best out of their life, including their education, their friendships and their family.  For society, having young people with good mental wellbeing gives us a firm foundation on which communities can grow and thrive.

Early help

Having good, specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) that can treat a young person experiencing mental illness is vitally important so all young people can access help and advice at a much earlier stage to prevent their concerns from getting worse. 

Stigma is a barrier

One of the biggest factors preventing young people seeking help with their mental health is stigma: 9 out of 10 people with a mental health problem report experiencing stigma and discrimination.  It is not surprising that three-quarters of young people say they fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.

Parents are a good source of support

The importance of parents and carers talking to their children at a young age about being aware of and looking after their emotional wellbeing cannot be overestimated.  Simple, regular, short chats about how your child is feeling can help you pick up any signs of changes to their emotional wellbeing and give them help and support at the earliest possible stage.   

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind!

The mental wellbeing of children and young people is as important as their physical health. 

Other factors such as keeping physically active, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet and taking time out to relax and have fun with friends, also have a positive impact on children and young people’s emotional and mental health.

Where else to get help

If your child is feeling sad or down over a long period of time and is struggling to function in day-to-day life, then it may be worth getting some professional advice or support.  There are a number of professionals that have a lot of experience in helping people with mental health issues.

  • GPs
  • Teachers
  • Health visitors
  • Schools nurses
  • School support workers
  • Social services
  • Voluntary agencies
  • Counsellor or child therapist
  • Child psychologists
  • Paediatricians
  • Educational psychologists 
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Contact details for a range of support services in Bracknell Forest can be found in the "Lets Talk the Talk" guide for parents.