I’m a parent

Are you worried about your child’s behaviour, wellbeing or mental health? If you are there are things we can do to help.

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder. We help with things like worries about moving from primary school to secondary school, bullying, low mood, drug and alcohol worries, emotions, family problems, anxiety and anger.

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Wellbeing is about being comfortable, healthy and happy. Good mental health helps children and young people to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into happy, healthy adults.

Some of what we can do depends on what school a child or young person is in (if they’re in school) and where they live. We’re happy to have a chat to see if we can give you the help you need – you can email us on enquiries@mnessexmind.org or call between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, on 01206 764600 to find out more about any of the services below and how you can refer into them.

Below is some information about some of the services we have to help children and young people.

Moving from primary school to secondary school.

In some schools we have a programme that helps your child with the move from primary school to secondary school. Our worker will meet your child in their primary school and will carry on working with them when they go to their new secondary school helping them cope with the changes. Please give us a call to find out whether this is available in your child’s school.

Supporting 10 to 19 year olds

We can help with one to one therapeutic support. This type of work is done in sessions and works on reducing negative feelings and increasing positive feelings. Our workers are happy to talk to you on the phone about your worries to see if this is the right service for your child.

Supporting 5 to 11 year olds

Just like working with older children, we can help this age group with therapeutic support. This type of work is done in sessions and works on reducing negative feelings and increasing positive feelings. Our workers are happy to talk to you on the phone about your worries to see if this is the right service for your child.

Advocacy

We can also help some young people with advocacy. Advocacy is supporting someone to be able to talk about their views and worries, get information, defend their rights and talk about choices and options. Advocacy is for those who are already being helped by the Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health Service which used to be called CAMHS.
It can be provided for young people who are either in the community or on informal section as an inpatient. An advocate will support the young person in meetings and help them to have their voice heard in planning care and support. This service is available across Essex. Please call us between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, for information on how to get support from this service.

Download our information leaflet about our children and young people’s services