New NHS-endorsed guidance launched to support the mental well being of children and young people

Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic. With children and young people now back at school or college, Public Health England (PHE)’s new Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS endorsed tips and advice to look after children and young people’s mental wellbeing.

Research reveals that the coronavirus outbreak has caused an increase in anxiety in young people4, and over a third of children report being more worried, sad and stressed than before lockdown5. New PHE survey data found that over half (52%) of parents said the mental wellbeing of their children topped the list of their biggest worries6.

The advice available on the Better Health – Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities. It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and show the actions they can take to support them. In addition to the advice for parents and carers the site also provides tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.

For more information search Every Mind Matters.

4 Levita L, Gibson Miller J, Hartman TK, Murphy J, Shevlin M, McBride O, and others. Report 1: Initial research findings on the impact of COVID-19 on the
well-being of young people aged 13 to 24 in the UK. Non-representative sample of 2,000 children and young people aged 13 to 24, collected 21 to 29 April
2020
5 Barnardo’s. Generation lockdown: a third of children and young people experience increased mental health difficulties. 2020. [Sample of 4,283 young
people aged 8-24, weighted to be representative of all -24 year olds, GB. Collected 15 May-2 June 2020.]
6 Survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Public Health England. Total sample size was 2,559 parents in England who have children aged 5 to 18.
Fieldwork was carried out online between 4th to 11th August 2020.

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