Health and wellbeing

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healthy eating

Helping your child eat well and learn about healthy food is a crucial part of parenting, but sometimes it’s tricky to figure out what (and how much) they should eat. Consultant dietitian Lucy Jones offers her top tips.

anxiety

It's estimated that around 290,000 children in the UK suffer from this debilitating condition. Here are some tips to help you help them.

mindfulness in schools

Schools are increasingly turning to mindfulness as a way of helping pupils relax, concentrate, and avoid distractions. But what is it - and will it help?

New research from the University of Glasgow shows that eating in front of a screen could be bad news for your child's health. 

sleep hygeine

Most UK teens are chronically sleep deprived, leading to poor decision-making, difficulty concentrating and moodiness. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers parents some help.

A staggering one in three children in the UK is overweight and one in five is obese. Weight can be very difficult to talk about - and raising it in the wrong way can be counter-producitve. Our guide to what obesity is, what it means in the long term and how to deal with it.

Images of women in the media that focus entirely on physical appearance are so common that most of the time most of us don't even notice them. But what effect are they having on girls' assumptions about their future? Lia Latchford and Ikamara Larasi of Msunderstood offer advice on helping girls to understand and resist stereotypes.

How to spot the signs and what you can do to help if your child is a sufferer.

Mental health stigma

Natasha Devon, the government’s Mental Health Champion for Schools, offers advice on how to help your child.

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Did you know that, on average, three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health issue?

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1 in 10 children will experience a mental health problem - around three children in every classroom in the UK. A new campaign says it's time to do something to help them.

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In this video, Claire Usiskin from YoungMinds talks about warning signs to look out for if you're concerned about your child's mental health - and what to do.

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Is depression a fact of teenage life? What are the signs of depression and what can you do if you're concerned that your child may be depressed? Young Minds' Lucy Maddox offers some advice.

Good mental health

What does good mental health look like when it comes to young people?

Houses of Parliament

Are mental health problems rising in children and young people? And is the internet to blame? An influential committee of MPs calls for more support for mental illness among the young.

Black cloud

When young people admit to having mental health problems, parents often blame themselves. There is still stigma and shame attached to this kind of illness, despite the fact that it's so common. But early diagnosis and treatment have been shown to work so it's important for parents to be open and supportive. Blaming yourself - or anyone else - doesn't help.

Sad girl

Girls in years 7 and 8 are a lot more anxious and unhappy than they were five years ago. Researchers from University College London suggest this may be the result of sexualised images of women in impact of social media.

Recent figures suggest that it's wrong to think self-harm is just a girls' problem. Boys are being admitted to hospital for this too - but because it looks different, it sometimes isn't recognised. It's not only harder to spot self-harm among girls, but also harder to get treatment. Here's what you need to know about boys and self-harm.

self-harm

Why do young people self harm and what can you do to help them?

It can be extremely distressing to find out someone you love is self-harming. Consultant psychiatrist Dr Andrew Hill-Smith writes about how best to respond: what to say and when to hold back.

Self-harm

A new study out in autumn 2014 suggests that self-harm among teens in England has trebled in the last decade. What warning signs do you need to look out for?

Seeing your child scratching, biting, hitting or banging their head can be incredibly distressing - but it's a not uncommon experience for parents of children with intellectual disabilities. Cerebra explain self-injury and what parents can do.

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Suicidal thoughts are more common that most of us realise - and different triggers can tip thoughts into action. Ged Flynn of Papyrus, the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, outlines what parents need to know.

Bullying Scotland

Scotland's anti-bullying service, Respect Me, offers parents advice on how to help children caught up in bullying behaviour

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Scotland's anti-bullying service, Respect Me, offers parents advice on how to help children caught up in bullying behaviour

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National children’s charity, Kidscape, offers parents tips on how to help their children sif they are being bullied.

Kidscape bullying

Top tips for children and young people from Kidscape.

The word 'gay' gets bandied about all the time - 90% of students said they had used it to mean 'useless' or 'rubbish' at least once. Here, Stonewall, which runs a homophobic, biphobic and transphobic antibullying campaign, explains why this is hurtful and can inflict long-term damage. There are also tips for helping young people who have been affected by this kind of bullying; plus advice on making sure that your child doesn't become one of the bullies.

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying can be very painful but is extremely common. More than half of LGBT young people say they have been bullied at school. Here Stonewall offer some advice on how to help your child if they're on the receiving end and some sensible and sympathetic approaches if you find out that your child is among the bullies.

Cyberbullying

Alex Holmes, the Diana Award anti-bullying programme manager, was previously a victim of bullying and now runs the anti-bullying ambassadors programme. In this video, he explains what cyberbullying is, why it hurts - and what you can do about it.

Bullying

Alex Holmes, anti-bullying manager for the Diana Awards, offers advice on how to recognise bullying and what to do if your child is affected.

Reaching out

Alex Holmes, anti-bullying programme manager for the Diana Award, outlines some useful things to do if your child is being bullied.

Bulimia binge purge

Bulimia is the most common eating disorder. Here's Dr Pooky Knightsmith's advice on how to tell if your child is affected - and where to get help. 

Black cloud

Anorexia is the best-known eating disorder, although not the commonest (that's bulimia). It's a serious disease and sufferers are often secretive about their suffering. We explain how to spot the symptoms and what to do if you're concerned.

It's unusual for young people with eating disorders to get better on their own. Here's our roundup of treatments available on the NHS and from other support services.

Broaching the subject of an eating disorder can be alarming. But the numbers of young people being treated in hospital for eating disorders are rising. It's a live issue for many parents. Here, with help from Beat, the leading charity supporting those with eating disorders and their families, we offer our tips for talking to your child.

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Hospital admissions for eating disorders among young people have almost doubled in three years. Here, Priory explains eating disorders and offers their advice on supporting your child's recovery. 

More young people are being admitted to hospital because of eating disorders. Is the internet part of the problem? We talk to Beat's Rebecca Field to find out. 

The numbers of young people admitted to hospital with eating disorders have doubled in the last three years, according to the NHS. Pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites are widely seen as a big part of the problem. We look at what these sites are and why they're seen as so toxic. 

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Why are so many girls dissatisfied with their appearance? What effect does this have on their school work and their confidence? What can you do to help?

BDD

Body dysmorphic disorder and helping to your child to build a healthy body image.

Body image

Being positive about eating and what people look like (and yes, we're afraid that means your own body, too) can make an enormous difference to how your child feels about their own appearance. Here are our guidelines for what (and what not) to do.

Aces

Paul Buck had a great job in finance until it was ruined by problem gambling. He believes the temptations to gamble are greater - and a lot more visible - for young people than they were when he was a teenager. Here he identifies the different stages when gambling becomes a problem and suggests where to go for help if you're concerned.

Gambling

Since when has gambling been something parents need to worry about? The law is clear, surely? Well, yes, it is, and under-18s aren't supposed to gamble - but 15% of 11-16 year-olds say that they've gambled in the last week. Plus we know that the earlier you start, the greater the chances of becoming a problem gambler in later life. So should parents be as concerned about gambling as about, say, drugs?

Playing cards

Is gambling an addiction like drugs? And is your child at risk of becoming a problem gambler?

Laughing gas

Laughing gas, also known as ‘Noz’, has become increasingly popular among young people in the UK. So what is it - and what does it do to people who take it?

Legal highs can be every bit as dangerous and addictive as illegal drugs, and they're they're easier to get hold of. Make sure you and your child are clued up about the risks. 

The government has announced that it is to ban legal highs, currently available in 'head shops' up and down the country as well as online. Legal highs are new chemical compounds, untested and mysterious - so why have they become so popular and what effect will the ban have?

Brain

Cannabis is still the world’s most popular illegal drug worldwide - but in the UK, its use is falling.  For most people, cannabis is not a source of harm and is used to achieve a feeling of being relaxed and high.

A recent survey shows that ecstasy and LSD use among 16-24-year-olds has increased by 84% and 175% respectively in the past year. Overall drug use has remained constant – so why are these two gaining popularity with young people?

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