There are 76,000 school children in Sheffield. In the Sheffield Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy (2015):
It was estimated that 7000 5-15 year olds in Sheffield have a clinically recognisable mental health disorder.
15,000 Sheffield children and young people live with a parent with a mental health disorder.
40% of Sheffield children experience insecure attachment which is a serious risk factor for poor mental health.
75% of mental health illnesses are established by the age of 14 and the number of children presenting to the NHS for support with mental and emotional needs is increasing year on year.
Professionals on the ground report that with cut backs in staturory services and increadsed referrals to social care and CAMHS, the threasholds for support have become higher. This means many young people who have a mental health need are not getting the support they need.
'Wellbeing' is high on the agenda of all those working with young people as services seek to work preventively as well as proactively.
The Children's Society's 'Good Childhood' report 2019 reports a downward trend in overall wellbeing amongst children and young people, especially those who have experienced financial strain
See below for useful organisations and resources regarding mental health. Click on the name or logo to visit the website.
12% of Sheffield secondary school pupils say they feel depressed or sad most of the time. This site is all about helping 12-18 year olds to help or understand their friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally. Set up in association with Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Includes a useful PSHE lesson plan, video and posters for teachers.
OK Rehab is a recovery advocate service founded by people who are living their lives ‘in recovery’. OK Rehab has a lot of useful information its website about various types of addiction: alcohol, drugs and behavioural addictions. The website also has information about different mental health conditions and diagnoses, and information about various treatments. Click on the logo to find out more (look at the drop down menus at the top of the page).
Scripture Union has developed a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Suite which has several resources to help you engage children and young people in supportive and helpful conversation around the challenges that the child or young person may be facing. Their Mental Health Suite has been endorsed by the Mental Health Foundation. Click on the title or image to find out more.
The Children's Society has resources on their website for children and young people's mental health. Click on the image to find out more.
The Children's Society has also developed a mental health and wellbeing A-Z, helping young people get the advice they need, when they need it. It has a wide range of information about various mental and emotional health issues.
Sir John Timpson has written three useful little guide books on Attachment, based on 30 years’ experience as a foster carer – A Guide to Attachment, How to Create a Positive Future and Looking After Looked After Children. The books aim to enlighten foster carers, inform educators and engage the wider public about Attachment using simple, jargon-free language and pictures. The books are available FREE from any Timpson, Max Spielmann or Johnsons the Cleaners store, simply pop in and ask.