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Supporting your child’s mental health through bereavement.

Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health Through Bereavement.

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

Our helpline

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 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.  

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