YoungMinds Parents Helpline Christmas Appeal
850,000 children in the UK have a mental health disorder but many of them suffer in silence, scared of being ridiculed, bullied and demonised by society.
Parents often notice that something just doesn’t seem right. They may have noticed changes in eating, be worried about self-harm, think their child may be depressed or indeed they may have spotted other worrying changes in behaviour.
So, the seeds of worry are planted but as a parent what can you do? How much do you know about it? Who can help without being judgemental or labelling your child – and what if you are wrong? Is it somehow your fault……?
One thing’s for sure, you may be frightened but if your child is ill they need help.
Worried parents can call the YoungMinds Parents Helpline – it’s confidential and it’s free. They can speak to an advisor who provides reassurance, advice and guidance; and if they need more support, mental health professionals are on standby for a telephone consultation.
When we say free, we mean free to the caller. To YoungMinds each call costs £25 and with a 30% increase in calls last year (almost 10,000) we are struggling to answer them all.
That’s where you come in. Can you help? It doesn’t have to be £25; you’d be surprised how quickly it all adds up! You can help us to lift a parent’s isolation and get a child the help they need. It could save a life.
£2 can contribute to providing info packs for anyone who calls the Parents Helpline.
£10 can help towards training our helpline advisors answer calls.
£25 can help a parent in distress receive a confidential telephone consultation from a YoungMinds child mental health specialist.
You may never need to use the service but it’s good to know it’s there if you, or someone you know, needs it isn’t it?
Here are some examples of the types of calls we get:
“I found out three months ago that my eldest daughter is self-harming by cutting her arms. She’s 15. I’m sure it’s my fault, it’s so upsetting. Our house is full of tension, and we argue all the time; usually about her using her mobile phone. She used to be so happy, but now she’s so worried about how she looks, and she told me she’s being called names at school.” *Lyn*
“I’m worried about my 8 year old son, who I’ve had problems with since he was 2. He hates school, he has very low moods, and he wants to die most of the time. His outlook on life is very upsetting to me. I’m so worried that one day I’m going to go in his room and he would have killed himself. I know my son and he is in need of help. I will never give up on him.” *Amy*
Visit JustGiving or text YMPH25 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.
Please help us to respond to all the parents who contact us by donating this Christmas.
*Not their real names to protect the caller's identity.