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Stress in children and young people - information and advice for parents and carers

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Spotting the signs of stress in young people

The Mind Charity website has helpful guidance on 'How to manage stress', and recognise the common signs, how to deal with pressure, tips to avoid triggers, and includes a section for friends and family. They also have advice on 'How can I be more resilient', which has steps to manage stress and make lifestyle changes.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists website has practical content which outlines what stress is, its causes, and our ‘Fight or Flight’ built in response on their page titled 'Feeling stressed'. They also have an advice page for parents and carers on ’Traumatic Stress in children'.

I think my child is stressed, what should I do?

Listening to how they feel can make a big difference.

Helping them to break down big tasks or problems into smaller ones can help them feel less overwhelmed.

Stress can be a sign of depression. If you suspect your child is depressed, arrange an appointment at your GP surgery and go with them to seek advice and support. You can also find out if their school or college offer counselling for pupils/students.

Alternatively, you can make a referral or get advice about wellbeing and mental health support services from the Emotional Wellbeing Hub

Where can I find useful resources?

If you complete your contact details on the website, they will email you a free copy of their 'Guide to stress and anxiety'.

If you are worried about your child's behaviour and need some parenting tips to help you manage their emotional wellbeing, as well as look after yourself, read the 'YoungMinds Parent Survival Guide'. YoungMinds also have a Parents Lounge with lots of 20 minute activity ideas, conversation starters and resources. 

Where can I find local support groups and organisations who can help?

Here is a list of local support services and organisations for stress (you can filter the list for what you need).

Where can I find a useful health and wellbeing App?

If you are looking for helpful phone Apps that can provide some in-hand support to a young person struggling with emotional issues, please see our list of the best emotional wellbeing Apps reviewed by young people.

Who can I speak to for advice?

If you are concerned about the mental health of a child or young person aged 0-25, please contact the Suffolk Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing Hub to get advice or make a referral. 

Other services you can contact for support:

YoungMinds Parent Helpline

Call: 0808 802 5544. Their helpline is available Monday-Friday, from 9.30am to 4pm.

The YoungMinds helpline has trained advisers who offer friendly and confidential advice to help answer your questions.

Suffolk School Nursing - ChatHealth Text Service

Text 07507 333356 for confidential health advice from the school nurse (available Mon-Fri 9.30am to 4.30pm).


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