Online Resources

The Ashbrow Parents Advocacy Network is pleased to present a curated list of online resources aimed at empowering parents with valuable insights on various crucial topics related to children. Our comprehensive collection includes informative links, interactive workbooks, and engaging presentations, covering subjects such as bullying, drug addiction, mental health, and more. Explore these resources to gain a deeper understanding of important issues and equip yourself with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the challenges of parenting effectively. Together, we can foster a supportive community and advocate for the well-being of our children.

How to spot the signs if your child is suffering Mental Health

Learn More: Mental illness in children: Know the signs – Mayo Clinic

Mental illness in children: Know the signs.

Children can develop the same mental health conditions as adults, but their symptoms may be different. Know what to watch for and how you can help.

  • Mental illness in children can be hard for parents to identify. As a result, many children who could benefit from treatment do not get the help they need. Understand how to recognize warning signs of mental illness in children and how you can help your child.

What is a mental illness?

  • Mental health is the overall wellness of how you think, regulate your feelings, and behave. A mental illness, or mental health disorder, is defined as patterns or changes in thinking, feeling, or behaviour that cause distress or disrupt a person’s ability to function.
  • Mental health disorders in children are defined as delays or disruptions in developing age-appropriate thinking, behaviours, social skills, or regulation of emotions. These problems are distressing to children and disrupt their ability to function well at home, in school or in other social situations.

What are the warning signs of mental illness in children?

  • Warning signs that your child may have a mental health disorder include:
  • Persistent sadness that lasts two weeks or more
  • Withdrawing from or avoiding social interactions
  • Hurting oneself or talking about hurting oneself
  • Talking about death or suicide
  • Outbursts or extreme irritability
  • Out-of-control behaviour that can be harmful.
  • Drastic changes in mood, behaviour, or personality
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Loss of weight
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Frequent headaches or stomach-aches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in academic performance
  • Avoiding or missing school

What should I do if I suspect my child has a mental health condition?

If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, consult your child’s healthcare provider. Describe the behaviours that concern you. Talk to your child’s teacher, close friends, relatives, or other caregivers to see if they have noticed changes in your child’s behaviour. Share this information with your child’s healthcare provider.

How can I help my child cope with mental illness?

  • You will play an important role in supporting your child’s treatment plan. To care for yourself and your child:
  • Learn about the illness.
  • Consider family counselling that treats all members as partners in the treatment plan.
  • Ask your child’s mental health professional for advice on how to respond to your child and handle difficult behaviour.
  • Enrol in parent training programs, particularly those designed for parents of children with a mental illness.
  • Explore stress management techniques to help you respond calmly.
  • Seek ways to relax and have fun with your child.
  • Praise your child’s strengths and abilities.
  • Work with your child’s school to secure necessary support

Vaping and it’s Dangers

  • The e-cigarette vapour that is inhaled can still contain small amounts of chemicals that are found in cigarettes, including nicotine. But while it is addictive and can lead to dependence issues, nicotine is not seen by the NHS as among the most truly problematic ingredient in cigarettes.
  • But since then there has been a significant upswing. The campaign group Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) said the proportion of 11 to 17-year-olds who said they have tried vaping has jumped from 13.9% in 2020 to 15.8% in 2022 and then 20.5% in their survey this year.

Resources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-66784967

https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/vaping-to-quit-smoking/vaping-myths-and-the-facts/

Healthy Eating

  • The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how active you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
  • If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
  • You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.

Resources

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-eat-a-balanced-diet/eight-tips-for-healthy-eating/

https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise-eating-healthy

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