Emotional Health and Wellbeing

shutterstock 184634705Mental illness and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone of any age, any background and at any time and are common issues for young people. It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves.

Having a child who is suffering with their mental health/wellbeing or having suicidal thoughts has a big effect on the whole family. Discovering your child is feeling suicidal can feel quite overwhelming and it is important that you also get all the support you need from friends and family and maybe professional counsellors.

Some of the common signs of mental health problems in children include:

  • Becoming withdrawn from friends and family.

  • Persistent low mood and unhappiness.

  • Tearfulness and irritability.

  • Worries that stop them from carrying out day to day tasks.

  • Sudden outbursts of anger directed at themselves or others.

  • Loss of interest in activities that they used to enjoy.

  • Problems eating or sleeping.


Report about children and young people’s emotional wellbeing in Suffolk

A recent report from Healthwatch Suffolk, highlights the emotional challenges young people face when navigating their way through school. They surveyed more than 6,800 people aged 11 to 18 about important issues including self-harm, cyber-bullying, sleep problems and the difficulties young people have in finding the right support to help them cope.

The report was commissioned through the Suffolk Children’s Emotional Wellbeing Group as part of work to deliver the Suffolk Emotional Wellbeing Transformation Plan (EWB2020).

My Health, Our Future: Understanding children and young people’s mental health in Suffolk


Talking to your children about difficult topics

The websites below have advice on talking to your children about difficult topics ranging from bullying to world terrorism.

NSPCC - Talking to your children about difficult topics

NSPCC - Talking to your children about terrorism

Mental Health Foundation - Talking to your children about scary world news



MindEd is a free resource and is aimed at both families and professionals regarding children and young people’s mental health. 

MindEd is an e-learning tool led by Health Education England and supported by the Department of Health and Education.  The resource is quality assured by clinical experts and is suited for use by schools, children’s care homes, health professionals, social care, families, advocates and many more. It offers specific modules around autism, learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges.

For further information please visit the website: www.minded.org.uk/


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