8 things I want my kids to know about mental health

by | Feb 5, 2018 | Mental Health, News

When I was a child, mental health just wasn’t spoken about. I remember euphemistic conversations about my great-aunt, who drowned after falling into a river; it was many years later that I realised she’d died by suicide.

And when I began to suffer mental health problems myself as a teenager, I tried – literally – to keep them under cover, wearing long sleeves and long skirts to hide the self-harm scars.

Today, there’s a lot more openness around mental health. My children, aged six and 12, are taught about it at school; they’ve had assemblies run by Childline, and even watched programmes about it on CBBC. There is, however, still a long way to go before mental illness is treated just the same as physical illness. With that in mind, here are eight things I want my kids to know about mental health: Metro