A regional NHS organisation has given its backing to a national campaign that aims to stamp out the stigma of mental health in children.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) is supporting Children’s Mental Health Week, which was launched by charity Place2Be today.
NTW’s Rachel Weddle, who is Clinical Nurse Manager for Alnwood, an inpatient unit for young people, said: “Mental illness can affect you regardless of how old you are so Children’s Mental Health Week gives us the chance to think about how we can offer help to our children and understand how they are feeling.
“It also highlights what we can all do to give children the strength to make that important first step in asking for help.”
Children’s Mental Health Week is being supported by charity patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, who has spoken of the importance of understanding more about the condition and why we should help those who are living with the illness and their families.
The campaign will encourage children to talk to their families about what they are thinking and feeling and give them the courage to ask for help.
For more information about the help available in the North East visit www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic and click on Resources Search to search for ‘children’. You can also follow what is happening nationwide by using #ChildrensMHW on Twitter.