Posted on: 10 February 2022
Find out more about your local emotional wellbeing service this Children’s Mental Health Week
Mindworks Surrey is raising awareness about emotional wellbeing support available to children, young people and their parents in Surrey this Children’s Mental Health Week (February 7 to February 13).
Mindworks Surrey supports children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health needs. It is provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with an alliance of NHS and national and local voluntary sector organisations, bringing together the expertise of a range of children’s organisations.
The Children’s Mental Health Week theme is Growing Together and Mindworks Surrey is shining a light on the helpful resources on the Mindworks website which can be accessed for free. We are also promoting Mindworks’ out of hours neurodevelopmental advice line to help parents and carers supporting children with behaviours and difficulties often related to autism and ADHD.
Sadly, mental health challenges affecting children and young people are on the increase. The pandemic has affected everyone’s emotional wellbeing in unique ways, and parents may be looking for some extra support to help their child adapt back to new routines. The Mindworks website has many helpful resources to support children, young people and their families.
Jess Thom, programme director of Mindworks Surrey, said: “This Children’s Mental Health Week we would like to invite all Surrey families to take a look at the Mindworks Surrey website. You can find helpful and free resources on our website for all emotional wellbeing needs, along with information on our helplines.”
The neurodevelopmental helpline number is: 0300 222 5755. The line is open from 5 to 11pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
A parent who had used the helpline, said: “I found the neurodevelopmental helpline absolutely fantastic. I’d had the day from hell and constant calls from the school about my child’s behaviour. At this point he didn’t even have an ADHD diagnosis and I didn’t really know what was going on, so I decided to ring the support line for some advice.
“I spoke to a lady called Sarah who was fantastic. She related to what I was saying about my son and signposted me to get lots of support. She could not have been more patient and helpful.
“I needed someone to talk to, and the support line was exactly what I needed. I couldn’t recommend it enough to other parents going through the same thing.”