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Contact calls for mental health support for disabled children in Children's Mental Health Week

Friday 9th February 2018

This week, 5-11 February 2018, is Children's Mental Health Week, which aims to support children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The theme of this year's event is #BeingOurselves. When we have a positive view of ourselves it can help us to cope with life's challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others can allow us to connect with those around us - which is vital for our own and others' wellbeing.

How can you take part in the week?

Place2Be, who launched Children's Mental Health Week in 2018, say that helping a child build self-esteem and recognise both their own unique strengths and qualities and those of the people around them will help them build self-awareness and make better connections with others.

Visit the official event website for tips on helping your child to be themselves!

Our mental health advice and information

We have information on our website about accessing CAMHS, which stands for child and adolescent mental health services.

We also have tips for developing your child's self esteem and helping them to grow more confidence as they get older.

Your views wanted on children and young people's mental health provision

In December the government launched a green paper on proposals to provide access to children and young people's mental health support in schools and colleges. 

The government wants to hear people's views on the proposals, so it has launched a consultation.

Read the green paper and share your views.

The consultation closes at midday on 2 March 2018.

Contact calls for focus on support for disabled children and their families

Amanda Batten, CEO of Contact, says:

"We welcome any measure to reduce waiting time for children and young people's mental health services. Our research shows that a third of disabled children are waiting over a year (after referral) to get access to the mental health services they desperately need.

"Even when they do access mental health services, they are less likely to have their psychiatric and developmental needs recognised, understood and addressed.

"Contact is calling for a clear focus on mental health support for disabled children and their families in the government's green paper."