A brand new online support tool called MindEd for Families has been created for parents and carers to support children dealing with mental health issues. Developed with families and with families in mind, it has been designed to help parents by giving information and coping strategies for children going through a time of crisis, as well as tackling the stigma of mental health.
In 2014 PACEY worked with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) who released MindEd for professionals and volunteers; an online resource with a series of e-sessions aimed at anyone working with children and specifically designed to understand children’s mental health.
The creation of MindEd for Families follows this success and will give adults access to information and to bring forward early intervention. It contains over 35 e-learning topics that are individually tailored to equip families with the skills that they need to identify and support a child with a mental health condition.
One million adults engage with children in the UK, including childcare professionals, and this interactive hub can offer accessible information making them aware of the signs and symptoms associated with mental health, and the skills to support the child.
Several parents teamed up with a group of mental health experts to develop this new online support tool and it was funded by the Department of Education.
Education and Childcare Minister, Sam Gyimah, the first Minister in the Department for Education with specific responsibility for mental health, said:
"Growing up in today’s world presents all sorts of challenges for our young people – one in ten will experience mental health issues. To stop these issues blighting their life chances it is vital that children get the help they need as soon as possible.
“Parents and families already do a fantastic job of supporting their children but mental illness can be daunting. We want everyone to feel confident they have the information and skills they need to tackle this issue – that’s why we funded this website, which has been designed by families, for families.
“Alongside the government’s £1.4 billion investment in children’s mental health services and our £3 million project with NHS England to link schools better to those services, we can make sure young people get the help they need when they need it.”
Visit the MindEd for Families website