A child’s mental health is vital to ensure healthy development and emotional stability as they learn and grow into adulthood. We wish all children can have self-belief and live fearlessly in their early years as we know too well the realities of adulthood.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. About 1 in 7 children are reported to have experienced mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Some problems have led to self-harm and, sadly, suicide.
Children between the ages of 12 and 16 are at the most risk of experiencing mental health issues. In these adolescent years, children face many physical and emotional changes, which can feel overwhelming. Relationships at home and school can become complex and leave children with serious confidence issues.
In the modern technological world, social media is at the forefront of interactions amongst children. Cyber-bullying has been highlighted as a massive issue where children can be suffering abuse without it being on public display for others to intervene. Body-image issues is also another prevalent issue amongst children. With a constant demand to display their lives on social media networks, some children have self-identity issues, leading to eating disorders and anxiety issues.
Building positive self-belief and implementing mental health programs is critical to ensure the next generations can grow up healthy and happy. Help4Kids is motivated to work with professionals and children charities specialising in this delicate field with the hope to reduce the number of children suffering from mental health issues.