Mental health charity warns of rising demand from parents worried about children

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A charity has warned that parents and caregivers are increasingly seeking support for their child’s mental health.

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YoungMinds said there has been a 48% increase in demand over the past two years – to cover the Covid pandemic – for support through its email, web chat and crisis text services.

Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Sunday, some classes and workplaces are participating in Hello Yellow on Fridays, where people wear something yellow in support of YoungMinds.

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Retailers and restaurants including Wagamama And Wickes With thousands of schools supporting the day.

In a survey of parents and caregivers at the height of the pandemic for YoungMinds, two-thirds (67%) said they were deeply concerned about the long-term impact on youth in their care, and said they did not know was where to turn for advice and support.

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Tom Madders, director of campaigns at the charity, said: “We know from parents who are using our digital helpline services how difficult life has been for many children over the past year.

“Some people have struggled to cope with isolation, anxiety, fear about the future, bereavement or traumatic experiences – and others find returning to school and past routines really challenging.

“Children who are already facing inequalities are likely to be affected continuously.

“Often it can be the little things we do in our daily lives that can make a big difference in young people’s mental health by reminding them that they are not alone.

“Whether it’s a morning walk, watching a Netflix Showing together or having a heart-to-heart with someone.

“Wearing an item in yellow for Hello Yellow is one of the small things we can all do to support the youth in our lives, but also to raise significant funds for YoungMinds so that we can ensure that no one Don’t let the youth feel alone with their mental health.”

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