The need for early intervention……Children’s mental wellbeing

The death of someone important can have a devastating effect on a young person. Simon Says provides bereavement and loss services to children and their families in the Hampshire area who are faced with one of the most traumatic events in their lives. It can be a distressing and overwhelming experience for anyone, especially a child. Our support helps to build emotional resilience and develop coping skills, we believe that early intervention of bereavement support for many children will stop problems developing in later life and give them every opportunity to move forward with their grief and flourish.

This belief is endorsed by the The Adult Mental Health Service who claim that children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age.  Children who have been bereaved for example are 10 times more likely to become youth offenders, a staggering  41% rather than  4% of youths that have not been bereaved.

Growing evidence indicates that one in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years (three in every classroom) has a mental health problem, having first experienced symptoms at 14 and many continue to have these problems into adulthood. The rate of depression and anxiety among teenagers has increased by 70% in the past 25 years.  These shocking statistics are having a wider impact on healthcare finances, medical resources and ultimately society. Ten years ago estimates put the costs of mental health problems in England at £77 billion, more recent estimations suggest the cost may be closer to £105 billion, a crippling figure for the economy.

Early intervention and promoting positive mental health in young people has been proven to improve a range of positive outcomes, such as lower levels of youth offenders, health benefits and schools have reported a significant improvement in attitudes to learning, better attendance and lower exclusion rates.

The careful early intervention of Mental Wellbeing allows children to reach their full potential and become positive contributors to society.