Raising a child with mental health issues is hard. I should know as some of the children suffer from childhood mental health, especially my teenager who has asked not to be identified whenever I discuss their mental health but to be known as Anon, and suffers from anxiety and depression and has had suicidal thoughts and in turn tried to kill themselves.
Scarily, 1 in 5 suffers from childhood mental health problems. Social media plays a huge part as children cannot get away from bullies as easily, home no longer is a haven and people post small glimpses of their perfect lives, hiding all the negativity and problems, which leads children to believe that they are alone. Not to mention the challenges in school.
I started this blog as a place to share my thoughts and all the challenges that raising a child who suffers from childhood mental health can bring and to help raise awareness of childhood mental health issues in children and teenagers. Too many people don’t realise that children are just as vulnerable to mental health problems as adults.
It can be scary, not knowing where to turn and how best to help your child, so Anon and I hope that by sharing our story, our experiences and our challenges, we can help others in the same situation.
I have created this page so that any articles that I write about mental health and raising a teenager with anxiety.