Most children are growing up mentally healthy however there is an increase in children who experience problems with their mental health. Triggers such as parental separation, transition to a new school or a new brother or sister can often lead to behaviour changes and children who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings.
Many children are able to speak to their parents or grown up at home, and often listening, reassurance or a hug will help. However, some children may experience on-going stress, worries or behaviour changes, and this is when further help maybe indicated.
According to youngminds.co.uk, children will spend over 7800 hours at school over their educational lives. Schools are therefore an excellent environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress.
If you have any worries about your child's emotional health, or have seen changes in their behaviours, it is recommended that you speak with your child's teacher in the first instance to see if they have any concerns. School may be able to offer some additional input in school which may help.
Below are some links that you may wish to access for further advice or information.
Derbyshire Build Sound Minds - for local support