Children’s wellbeing is closely bound to their parents’ wellbeing. Over the last decade the Government has tried to build a system of support so that parents and carers can find help when they need it to raise their children to be happy, healthy, ready to learn, able to make a positive contribution to society and to achieve economical and emotional wellbeing.
What is less recognised is the additional need to address the mental health and wellbeing of the adults themselves and the relationships they have with each other as a couple, as well as the differing needs of mothers and fathers.
This section of our website aims to provide our parents with links to advice on how they can improve their own wellbeing and in turn support their child’s.
There are 5 steps you can take to improve your emotional wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.
Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in Connect for emotional wellbeing.
Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for emotional wellbeing.
Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for emotional wellbeing.
Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for emotional wellbeing.
Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for emotional wellbeing.
This is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for families. (Click on the logo for more info).
Parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work. Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people. Their Parents Survival Guide offers useful tips on how you as a parent can look after yourself. If you are a parent needing help you can contact their Parent Helpline on 0808 802 5544. (Click on the logo for more info).
A local charity which was set up in 1984 by a local pharmacist and psychiatric nurse. Together with other local people who themselves had experienced emotional stress, they decided to form a local Mind Pressure Group. They offer counselling and a listening ear programme, self help groups for woman and young people suffering from anxiety. Social Access Groups in Consett and Stanley provide a safe and supportive environment where people can refer themselves into the service. (Click on the logo for more info).
Research carried out by Public Health England on ‘How healthy behaviour supports children’s wellbeing’, indicates that making time to spend together as a family, eating meals together, ensuring children are physically active, rationing children’s screen time and ensuring children eat a healthy breakfast, may all have the potential to improve children’s wellbeing. Read the findings by clicking here.
Enhanced 0-25 Family Health Service
From Tuesday 1 September 2020, the Trust will continue to provide the Growing Healthy Service in County Durham, as we have done since April 2016. They will be re-launching the service as the 0-25 Family Health Service in County Durham. This is part of a new approach to working with children, young people and families in our communities in County Durham.
For many children, young people and families, the Health Visiting and School Nursing staff and their teams who have provided the Healthy Child Programme service to you over the past few years will remain the same.
Key changes to the service
- Family Health Visitors will extend their care until the end of Foundation Stage (Reception Year in school) and beyond when actively working with a family.
- Family Health Visiting Team will offer ten routine Healthy Child Programme contacts up to the end of reception year in school, including to children not in education settings.
- Health Exercise and Nutrition in the Really Young (HENRY) programme will be introduced in 2021 to support a healthy start and brighter future for families. This will mean there will be a whole 0-25 Family Health Service wider approach to supporting healthy weight.
- Audiology screening in Reception Year in school will no longer take place.
- We can offer appointments between 8am-8pm to support easier access for young people and families, around school/college/work.
- We will have a strong focus on children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and resilience.
The Family Health Service team
The 0-25 Family Health Service team will include Family Health Visitors, Family Health Specialist Public Health Nurses, Emotional Resilience Nurses and support staff.
The team will support key transition points in children and young peoples’ lives. This includes starting school and moving into further education and adulthood. In addition, they will work closely with nurseries, schools and colleges to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. They will continue to be responsible for measuring and weighing children as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.
They have formalised their service offer for young people with a special educational need (SEND) and/or disability and those who are Care Leavers up to the age of 25. This offer includes support for low-level emotional health issues, and support to access adult services.
Every school and GP practice will continue to have a linked Specialist Public Health Nurse to ensure communication and referrals into the service are easy and accessible. Further information can be found by contacting the Single Point of Contact on 03000 263 538.