The mental health of children and young people has become an increasing concern over recent years. The impact of developments in technology have had a huge impact on our culture and our health, both physically and mentally. This has led to an increase in children being diagnosed with mental health issues; there is an increase in the diagnosis of anxiety and depression in children and an increased requirement for therapy for young people.
Negative feelings in young people can manifest themselves in many different ways, including disruptive behaviour, unhealthy eating, obsessions, phobias, low self esteem, bullying and withdrawl from friends and family.
Phones and tablets provide access to an infinite amount of information and social connections, but young people are increasingly viewing the world through a screen, particularly since the beginning of the pandemic. This can provide a distorted or unhealthy view of lifestyle and body image, whether it being their own or others. It can also lead to less interaction in the real world, reducing the amount of time children spend outdoors or with other people. Evidence clearly demonstrates the impact that this is having on the physical and mental health of young people.
When a child suffers a trauma or bereavement, the impact can have major consequences lasting well into adulthood. Children can also often be victims of bullying whether in the playground or online. Therefore seeking professional help can be a good way to support a young person through this time.
Evidence clearly demonstrates problems with mental health of young people is increasing. Therefore many parents are recognising that there may be a need to take action when it comes to their child’s health and wellbeing; you may have decided that now may be the time to speak to a professional.
Supporting young people affected by poor mental health requires a different approach to dealing with adults and specialist training is required. Being younger often means that their comprehension and understanding is different, requiring a therapist to take a different approach and tailoring the work to suit someone of this age group. However we have qualified and experienced therapists that work with young people from 3 years old upwards.
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