Childline Gibraltar is proud to support Children’s Mental Health Week 2017 (6-12 February).
The Week is hosted by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, who support pupils, families and teachers in schools across the UK. During the Week, Childline Gibraltar will be promoting awareness about children’s mental health issues and emotional difficulties via their social media pages and hosting an exhibition of competition entries submitted by local schoolchildren on the topic of mental health.
Echoing Dame Esther Rantzen’s words, a spokesperson for the local charity noted “We must not only understand how to encourage young people to speak about their unhappiness, and treat these conditions more effectively, but also face up to the reality that far too many of our children seem to be struggling alone and in despair. Those young people we speak to tell us that they cannot talk to anyone else, there is nobody in their lives to confide in, except Childline.”
The local charity’s statistics from last year show that a third of service users contacted them about a mental health issue, with a notable rise in calls on self-harm and from those experiencing suicidal thoughts.
If you would also like to get involved and support the campaign, Place2Be has created helpful advice and resources for parents and carers which you can find on their website: www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.