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Wellbeing and Mental Health > Supporting Your Child

What is mental health?

Growing up today seems to be more difficult than ever for children and young people. Evidence shows that mental health issues in children are increasing. As parents, it is important that you are able to recognise possible mental health warning signs to be able to support your child.

Mental health is the way we think and feel. We all go through times when we feel worried, confused or down. Mental health problems are when difficulties get in the way of how we think or feel. This can mean that we find it hard to cope with family life, relationships, school or the wider world.

Mental health warning signs

  • Physical signs of harm that are repeated or appear non-accidental

  • Changes in eating/sleeping habits

  • Increased isolation from friends or family, becoming socially withdrawn

  • Changes in activity and mood

  • Lowering of academic achievement

  • Talking or joking about self-harm or suicide

  • Abusing drugs or alcohol

  • Expressing feelings of failure, uselessness or loss of hope

  • Changes in clothing – e.g. long sleeves in warm weather

  • Secretive behaviour

  • Skipping PE or getting changed secretively

  • Lateness to or absence from school

  • Repeated physical pain or nausea with no evident cause

  • An increase in lateness or absenteeism

  • Headaches

If you feel that your child may have a mental health/emotional well-being problem you can contact:

At Denbigh High School:

Local organisations:

National organisations: