Helpline has surge in calls around behaviour issues
The YoungMinds’ Parents’ Helpline has received a surge in calls over the school holidays from parents concerned about their child’s behaviour problems.
The helpline is a free confidential support line for parents and carers who are concerned about their child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Increasingly over the last few weeks, our trained advisors have been getting increased calls on the subject of behavioural problems as parents are struggling to cope with their child’s behaviour 24/7.
All children and young people are different and react to life in different ways. At some stages, particularly pre-school and teenage years, children can find it hard to control emotions. This is a normal part of their development as they learn to cope with life and realise they can’t have everything their own way.
Children also go through stages, as their brains develop and they try out different emotions and ways of reacting to the world. As they get towards puberty, children can become more defiant as they start to be independent and separate psychologically from parents and carers. And when the teen years begin, many young people become moody, angry or tearful.
Sometimes a child’s behaviour may change if they are reacting to a stressful situation in their lives such as moving house, divorce or friendship problems. There is support available for parents who are concerned about a change in their child’s behaviour
Anecdotally, we have heard from parents over the school holidays that they are concerned that the change in their child’s behaviour is linked to a separate problem such as a learning difficulty, ADHD , dyslexia and dyspraxia or autism. This has encouraged the parents to think about getting the right support for their child when they go back to school, whether that is a formal diagnosis or support from a Special Educational Needs co-ordinator.
If you are a parent and have noticed a change in your child’s behaviour over the school holidays and would like to discuss your concerns with a trained advisor, then call the Parents’ Helpline on 0808 802 5544 or you can chat online to a trained adviser on week days between 11am and 1pm.
The Parents’ Survival Guide might also be useful during this difficult time.
For more information visit the parents section of our website.