The mental wellbeing of a child is just as important as their physical health. Often young people who suffer from mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, don’t get the early specialist support they need.
Are you worried about a young person’s mental health?
It can be difficult for a parent or carer to identify when a child’s behaviour is related to a mental health condition, and when they may need specialist support. Young people face a range of unique pressures in the modern age and the following information will offer you help and guidance on identifying the signs and symptoms of a mental health condition, and advise you on how best to seek support.
Why do mental health difficulties occur in young people?
There are huge pressures on young people in modern life. Bullying, including cyber bullying, exam stress, peer pressure, social media burdens and family breakdown are all common place.
Young people may secretly struggle emotionally, and engage in unhealthy behaviours as a result. It is important to remember though that you and they don’t have to cope alone.
Children and teenagers can sometimes find discussing issues with a clinician much easier than discussing them with a parent. The clinician can then give clarity regarding whether there is a mental illness or not and they can provide support to the young person and their families. The clinician can treat or prevent mental illness and advise how to manage risks that the young person poses to themselves, or that others pose to them.
How can Priory help?
Early intervention is key to reducing the likelihood of a condition developing into something more serious. Priory offers fast access to affordable assessment and treatment, enabling a young person to get back on track as quickly as possible. If you wonder if your child is struggling emotionally or if they have stopped communicating effectively with you, an assessment is worthwhile.
Our services give you the opportunity to provide the best possible support for children and young people. We provide a comprehensive range of evidence-based therapy services, all tailored to each individual and their specific needs. We provide direct access to the leading experts in child and adolescent psychiatry, and our highly skilled teams offer the best mental health support in the UK.
- 93% of people receiving treatment last year had improved mental wellbeing after treatment
- 99% rated the quality of their care as good or excellent
To read examples on how we have supported youngsters to overcome their mental health conditions, please scroll down to the "Common mental health difficulties for young people" section below.
Priory Wellbeing Centres
Priory Wellbeing Centres offer fast access to services for young people, meaning they can get the process of extra support underway quickly. We offer flexible appointment times to suit you, meaning appointments can be made after school or college days have finished. Our centres offer appropriate evidenced-based treatment, and patients are assured of the utmost discretion and confidentiality.
We understand that this may be a daunting experience for a young person, so we place great emphasis on putting people at ease from the moment they arrive and we offer a welcoming, comfortable and friendly environment.
Treatment is provided by the country’s leading therapists, consultant psychiatrists and psychologists, offering proven outpatient treatments to help manage mental health conditions. All treatments are evidenced based. Priory ensures that therapists have the required qualifications and experience to treat your child.
It can be difficult to find this reassurance when sourcing your own therapist elsewhere. Priory monitor all the care provided within their services very carefully and they respond promptly to feedback from service users and their families.
Making an appointment
To make an appointment simply find your preferred site using our location finder below , and call the centre direct to make an appointment or find out more information. If you prefer to go via your GP, they can refer your child or young person directly to us.