Problems Affecting Young People

Problems affecting infants, children and young people

We can offer support to infants, children and young people experiencing the early signs mental health and emotional difficulties. These difficulties may be causing them distress now and, if not addressed at this stage, may prevent them from reaching their full potential for happy and fulfilling lives.

It is important to consider the developmental age of the child in relation to the presenting difficulties. We’re always happy to discuss any concerns you may have in an anonymous capacity in the first instance, if this would be helpful.

Common issues for the infants/preschool children we work with:

  • For infants, preschool children and their parents/carers, our focus is on supporting healthy relationships and ‘good enough’ parenting
  • Indications of poor relationships or an insecure attachment between the preschool child and parent/carer may be displayed in a variety of ways, such as persistent sleeping, feeding or behavioural difficulties
  • A parent/carer may be describing difficulties in bonding with an infant or pre-school child
  • We also work with parents who are expecting a baby and have concerns about forming a relationship with them

Common issues for the school age children and young people we work with:

  • Low mood and depression
  • Fear, anxiety, worry
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Dealing with change
  • Grief and loss
  • Loneliness
  • Emerging eating difficulties or emotional difficulties with food
  • Self-esteem, identity and confidence
  • Relationship problems
  • Understanding behaviour and emotions
  • Bullying

We offer support to help you deal with emerging concerns about an infant, child or young person’s mental health. The difficulties listed above are intended as a starting point only. We always consider the wider needs of the infant/child/young person and their family, taking into consideration the family or community’s resources to promote emotional wellbeing.

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