The emotional well-being of children and young people is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with issues in adult life. For this reason we encourage schools and other education providers to implement our Mental Health Charter Mark.
Some of the mental health problems that can affect children and young people include depression, self-harm, anxiety disorders, ADHD and eating disorders. Children from a very early age can present with social emotional difficulties such as attachment issues and separation anxiety. And according to the Mental Health Foundation, mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people.
In 2017 Together for Children initiated the Thriving and Coping Work-stream, a group of multi-agency professionals, working with Sunderland Youth Parliament (SYP), to develop the Sunderland Mental Health Charter Mark.
The Charter Mark may be gained at bronze, silver or gold levels dependent on a provider’s ability to demonstrate how it supports children and young people, parents and staff.
If your school or setting would like to find out more please see more information in the download below or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org