Mental health - information for parents and carers

For any parent or carer, the thought that their child could have a mental health problem is worrying.

According to the charity Young Minds, it is estimated that 850,000 children between 5-16 years old across the UK have some form of mental health problem

There are so many things which can have a negative effective on a child's mental health. It could be the stress of exams, the impact of bullying or a marriage break-up.

Symptoms take many forms but the most common may include eating disorders, a feeling of low self-esteem or anxiety.

It can affect behaviour, development and emotional well-being.

Thankfully, this issue is being addressed in the UK by charities such as Young Minds and the NSPCC.

The National Health Service also has a network of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) operating across the country, working with children and young people up to the age of 18.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has an excellent CAMHS website for parents, carers and children in the south of the county.

The Royal Hospital in Chesterfield also has very informative CAMHS information for those living in the north of Derbyshire.