In the Minds of Babes

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Just stop for a minute to consider the above research by a professional mental health body in relation to 21st Century children – our children.

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Fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be, my generation is one in which children went out to play in the morning and came back in the evening, too exhausted to think about being depressed. Don’t misunderstand me, my family were poor working class with my clothes always second-hand & discipline dished out where necessary. But in terms of mental health, it wasn’t even an issue growing up and I certainly don’t recall any of my childhood friends having mental health problems, the way children do now. So I find myself asking ‘what’s wrong with the world today?’ Could it be the advanced levels of technology we now have? where virtual friends are many and real face-to-face conversations practically non-existent? Or could it be, because children no longer need to use their mind to do anything? Let’s face it, with online spellchecking & auto correcting, online calculators

designed to do all our maths & no need to ever use a pen, what room is there to use and exercise the mind? So how do we begin to change this? Or have we gone too far to ever put things right. As a mind centred therapist, I have to believe there’s scope for change. Evidence has shown, meditation practice can actually slow down the symptoms of diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia so we know catagorically it’s effective in changing the way our mind works.  But could meditation help to retrain the mind of today’s children? What do you think?

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people

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