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Saturday 21st September 2019
This is how we share information and good practices relating to mental health and wellbeing support in schools and colleges
20th May 2018
Read The AcSEED Newsletter for May 2018.
11th March 2018
AcSEED is looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for improving young people's mental health and wellbeing to help drive the next phase of our growth.
11th July 2017
Read The AcSEED Newsletter for July 2017.
24th July 2016
Congratulations to The Sixth Form College Farnborough in Hampshire ...
25th March 2016
Congratulations to The Beacon PRU in Redditch, Worcestershire ...
25th March 2016
Congratulations to Lordswood Girls' School in Harborne, Birmingham ...
25th March 2016
Congratulations to Cedars Upper School in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire ...
Supporting your Child
How can you best support your child when they are struggling with their mental health? This list of best practice suggestions is based on the experiences and opinions of The AcSEED Volunteers. If you have other ideas from your experiences then please share your suggestions.
Share your concerns
It's important to understand that children are often reluctant to discuss difficulties with their parents/guardians. They may feel embarrassed, ashamed, and perhaps worried about potential concequences. Sharing your concerns can provide an opportunity for your child to share their feelings with you, but don't pressure them to do so. They will talk when they are ready, and you need to be ready to listen.
Step back from the emotions of the situation
A child suffering emotional or mental health difficulties can cause significant stress for parents/guardians. However their situation will be helped most if you can engage them in discussion with a rational and non-judgemental perspective.
Get help/support for yourself
When a young person experiences mental illness don't underestimate the impact this can have on your emotional and physical health. Your GP will be able to discuss the services that are available to support your needs.
Give yourself time out
If your child has mental health problems you can quickly find yourself devoting all your time towards supporting their recovery. Whilst this is an understandable reaction, it is also important to recognise that you need to maintain your own health in order to best support your child. Remaining active and pursuing hobbies also provides a positive example of constructive behaviours to your child.
Avoid attributing blame to yourself or others
Seeking to attribute blame will not bring any constructive benefits to improving the situation. Remember that your child may be suffering from low self-esteem and feelings of intense guilt which will not be helped focussing attention on likely causes.
Mental health problems often have complex and multi-dimensional causes, and resulting behaviours such as self harm can be difficult to understand. Your ability to support your child can be significantly improved by leaning about the nature and symptoms of their difficulties. Talk to your GP and other relevant health professionals. Search for information on the internet. And don't forget to ask your child about how they feel.