(UK) Prince Harry calls attention to mental illnesses in kids

Feb 11, 2018, (UK) The Isle of Thanet News: Children’s Mental Health Week: How one Thanet counsellor uses ‘Sunbeams’ to help youngsters explore feelings / As Prince Harry has helped bring the conversation on mental health into the mainstream, a Thanet-based counsellor and creative arts therapist is showing the importance of starting early, building confidence and resilience in children of infant school age. … Mrs Joulianou said: “Many factors in a child’s circumstances or sensitive personality, pressures from limiting stereotypes in the wider culture or a lack of self-confidence can all contribute to a child feeling unhappy, limited and not ready to learn and reach their potential. … Starting early is key. Mrs Joulianou works with children as young as six and says that it is often change and the absence of support to cope and adapt to that change that prevents children from fulfilling their potential. … She said: “A change in family circumstance such as a bereavement, break up, or house move typically manifests itself in changes of behaviour. “Children are often unable to express themselves fully verbally so could become withdrawn or aggressive and may find it difficult to interact with children or adults and in turn may be unable to focus on their learning. … Mental wellbeing in children and teenagers  24% of girls (or 1 in 4) and 9% of boys the same age are reportedly clinically depressed by the time they reach 14. Their symptoms include feeling miserable, tired and lonely and hating themselves. (Government-funded study by lead authored by Dr Praveetha Patala)  Children as young as three are self-harming – biting, scratching, punching, slapping themselves or rubbing their skin with a rubber are examples of self-harm among primary age children, report Tappy Twins.  At least 500 primary school children have reported to Tappy Twinsthat they self harm and the organisation has waiting lists full of four to 11 year olds.  In 2016/17, 107 children aged 3-9 were admitted to hospital for self harm with admissions for this age group increasing by 27% in the five years leading up to 2017.  Girls as young as seven feel boxed in by gender-stereotyping, with more than half of girls aged 7-21 lacking the confidence to speak freely, impacting on how much they participate at school (Girlguiding UK)