Children and young people across Sussex can now get advice about mental health and wellbeing from a dedicated NHS website, which is being launched to mark Children’s Mental Health Week (4 – 10 February).
The site has been created by Sussex Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), which is provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It will help children and young people across the county learn more about their mental health and emotional wellbeing, and how they can get support.
The new website uses weather as a metaphor for different moods and emotions, with a focus on the everyday tools people use to protect themselves from changing weather conditions.
The site also contains useful information for parents and those working with children and young people, and has been divided into three areas to make it easy to navigate: Children and Young People, Parents and Carers and Professionals. Each area provides information and top tips about how to manage and where to get help and support for some of the key mental health difficulties and concerns that young people might experience as they grow up, including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating difficulties and psychosis.
The new site uses weather as a metaphor for different moods and emotions, with a focus on the everyday tools people use to protect themselves. For example, if it’s raining outside an umbrella and a raincoat offer a solution. The same is true when someone isn’t feeling themselves, there are simple tools and techniques that can help, and the website offers young people advice on what they can try and might find useful.
Children’s Mental Health Week is led by Place2Be children’s mental health charity and runs from Monday 4 – Sunday 10 February 2019.
Around 6,000 children and young people start treatment with Sussex CAMHS every year.
For more information about the other specialist services that Sussex Partnership provides across the South of England, go to www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk