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Worried about a Child's Mental Health

In the UK today, an estimated five children in every classroom has a mental health problem.  (

What is Mental Ill-Health?

Mental ill-health can manifest in many different ways. A child could present with sadness, anger, low appetite, tired, emotional or just behaving differently or unusually. Changing mood is part of growing up and is perfectly normal however if a child is not bouncing back from these changing moods or you have concerns, please speak with someone.

If you are concerned about the mental health of a child please contact the school for advice.

Youth Mental Health Ambassador to the government, Dr Alex George is on a mission to make mental health education compulsory in schools. In this chat with Fearne Cotton, the A&E doctor explains why his goal is to ensure mental health sits alongside the likes of maths and English on the curriculum, and what we can all be doing to look after both our mental and physical health every day.  Check out the podcast here.

What is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)?

CAMHS is an NHS service that supports children with serious mental health related issues.  A CAMHS referral can be made by the school or via your GP.

Further support and advice can be found on the following websites:

Young Minds

Mind Dorset