World Mental Health Day

9 October, 2018

This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day – set by the World Federation for Mental Health – is young people and mental health in a changing world.

Naturally, this theme is extremely relevant to us and research has shown that foster care which offers stability, security and a good relationship, can help young people to develop and mature emotionally.

As part of our training and development programme for our foster carers, we provide Theraputic Pathway training.

This is because according to the Social Care Institute for Excellence, “children who are looked after may have more emotional and mental health needs, as well as behavioural difficulties, than most children. Their difficulties usually start before they become looked after”

Therefore, the training we provide help carers to become more aware of any potential mental health needs and offers effective ways in which they can help their child.

It is extremely important that every young person’s mental health needs are acknowledged, so they are able to receive the support they need and deserve.

If you’re concerned about a child’s mental health and wellbeing and are an ISP foster carer, please make sure you speak to your social worker. There’s also lots of useful resources online to help support a child’s Mental Health needs.

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