‘More support needed for children’s mental health’ - Kelly
More must be done to promote a positive mental attitude among our young people, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Young People Catherine Kelly MLA has said.
Commenting to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, the West Tyrone MLA said: “Over a third of young people aged between 11-16 years of age have concerns or worries about their mental health.
“Clearly, more needs to be done to get support into schools and youth clubs so that children’s well-being can be treated as a priority.
“Even at a young age children face a huge range of pressures, including school stress, bullying, worries about body image and a lack of access to help if they’re struggling to cope. Difficult experiences at home – including domestic violence, neglect or bereavement – can also have a serious impact. Therefore, It is crucial that children have access to appropriate services.
“I would also urge anyone young or old who is suffering from a mental health problem or feels like they are under pressure to speak out and seek professional help. It Is ok not to be ok.”