WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
Self-esteem and personal resilience are key to the mental health of our children and young people. The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Most children grow up mentally healthy, but surveys suggest that more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago. That’s probably because of changes in the way we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up. Providing a "diagnosis" for a child rarely helps that child. I believe Caleb's Mountain provides programmes which address the wider determinants of health and wellbeing, the social and psychological environment in which we raise our children. It will be good for the mental health of parents and young people, both of which are sadly in decline. These are evidenced based programmes from professionals who care. I support Caleb's Mountain.
“Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them”
Dr Martin Gibbs
GP and former clinical lead for Mental Health for
Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group