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Are you worried about a child?

 

Children can sometimes find it hard to speak about the difficulties they are having, this might be because they feel they don’t want to make a fuss, cause worry or upset, or maybe it’s that they feel it might make trouble.  They may feel embarrassed or believe that telling someone might only cause them more pain.

However they can often provide signs that they’re having difficulties with their mental health and that professional help is required.  Examples of changes in behaviour you might see include:

 

Outward behaviour, such as:

  • falling behind at school or college
  • refusal to go to school or college

being more:

  • aggressive
  • disruptive
  • challenging


Inward behaviour, such as being more:

  • quiet
  • uncommunicative
  • anxious
  • depressed
  • not mixing with friends
  • not eating


Having people that will listen to them is all the help that some children might need; but if you feel that this isn’t enough for a child and that their difficulties are starting to get in the way of their lives, then it’s important that you get a second opinion.

Their doctor, school nurse or social worker can advise as to whether specialist support is needed; and if they think CAMHS is the right service to provide this, they will arrange a referral.  For more information about referrals click here

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