This week is Children’s Mental Health week and the theme for this year is ‘Let’s connect’, encouraging people to connect with others in a healthy, rewarding and meaningful way. Connections with others and our wider community are vital for our wellbeing.
The wellbeing of a child or young person who is experiencing the death of a loved one or has been bereaved is a key concern of the families that we support.
As a parent/carer you know your child/children best, but the here’s some guidance for you to consider:
- It is good to talk and to give your child/children the opportunity to ask questions.
- Children and young people pick up on the emotions of others, and so it is important to be honest and open with them in an age appropriate way.
- Share how you deal with difficult emotions and what you do to look after yourself.
- It is good to be curious about your child/children’s emotions and explore with them how they are feeling and coping. For example, this could be via text, email, on a car journey or through leaving notes.
- Keep listening.
- Spend time together – doing something can help them show their feelings without words.
Websites you may find helpful
We are here for you. For anyone struggling to cope, our helpline is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm. Call 01342 313895 if you need support or advice.
Outside of these hours please leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
We help bereaved children and young people and those facing the death of a loved one in Surrey, Crawley, Mid Sussex and West Kent.