Children's Mental Health Week

07 February 2018

As this is Children’s Mental Health Week 5-11th Feb,  in school we are raising awareness of mental health issues throughout assemblies.

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In a research paper on Mental Health in Northern Ireland (NIA Publication),  The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as:

 

‘A state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

 

They state good mental health is regarded as being as essential to a person’s wellbeing as physical health. It enables a person to get the most out of life whilst maintaining a positive sense of well-being and self-worth.

 

In children and young people symptoms of a mental illness may manifest in different ways. This might be evident in their behaviour, for example; being unable to concentrate, self-harming, a change of eating patterns, not sleeping, mood changes – such as becoming aggressive or disruptive, being fearful or anxious, becoming isolated or withdrawn, poor school performance, or increased use of substances like drugs or alcohol.

Statistics estimate that

  • Around 45,000 of children and young people in NI have a mental health need at any one time

  • More than 20% of young people are suffering "significant mental health problems” by the time they reach 18.

To support our pupils with mental health difficulties, we encourage them to talk. Here in St Benedict’s College we promote a strong pastoral structure that is in place to support them, where pupils can talk in confidence of any challenges they are having in their daily lives and strategies to deal with them. We also signpost to other outside agencies that may provide support.

 

There are a variety of online support and advice services for parents and pupils using the following website:http://www.northerntrust.hscni.net/services/1784.htm

 

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