Families affected by poor mental health collaborate with an expert Consortium including YoungMinds to launch new online portal.
Developed with families, and aimed at families, MindEd for Families is a new site hoping to transform mental health support for relatives in difficulty and crisis.
What is MindEd for Families?
MindEd for Families offers a large range of e-learning resources, developed to give anyone in regular contact with children and young people the skills to identify and support those they suspect to be affected by mental health issues
MindEd for Families:
- provides information, advice and guidance about children's mental health and wellbeing to parents and carers in England
- improves parents and carers’ knowledge and awareness of children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing
- improves parents and carers’ ability to intervene early in mental health issues, working closely with teachers and other professionals to support their child
- helps reduce stigma around mental health and demystify mental health and psychology
- supports and enhance national mental health awareness and resilience
A Mother’s Story
Julia Lofts, a mother from East Sussex and a counsellor herself, has co-written some of the material for the new resource. She says that her family felt isolated at the height of her son’s battle with poor mental health.
Between the ages of 14 and 19 her son experienced anxiety, depression, an eating disorder and gaming addiction and throughout that time, she struggled to support him as she “simply didn't know how to.”
Feeling frightened and not knowing where to turn, Julia started looking up his symptoms online.
“I was shocked about the information I read. I got overwhelmed and I blamed myself.
If MindEd was around five years ago, I would have realised that I wasn’t an awful mother and that it doesn’t matter how clever you are it can happen to anyone.”
Championing Early Intervention
By enabling parents and families to intervene earlier in their children and young people’s mental health issues, MindEd for Families helps fill an ever widening gap in children and young people’s mental health care.
Nick Harrop, Media and Campaigns Manager at YoungMinds said:
We know that early intervention is crucial but many local authorities have repeatedly had their budgets slashed on things like social workers, support programmes for parents, educational psychologists and targeted mental health services in schools."
This has put a huge burden on services further up the chain, which simply can’t cope with the demand. Young people referred to specialised mental health services are now at the mercy of a postcode lottery."