Enjoy family life without the strife

Modern day families are faced with a number of different pressures that can make life difficult, so mental health experts at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust have come up with 10 tips to improve the wellbeing of the whole family.

Money worries, relationship problems and pressures at school are just some of the things that families have to deal with on a daily basis.

These can cause feelings stress, anxiety and depression for both parents and children, which if ignored can develop into more serious long term problems. Pennine Care provides child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop. Every year they help around 9,000 children and families with their problems.

Sarah Leah, Stockport CAMHS lead at Pennine Care, said: “The pressures of family life are increasing and we are seeing more demand for our specialist services to provide support for both parents and children. However, there are a number of things families can do together to address their problems and maintain a happy and healthy family life.

“Mental wellbeing is about how we feel and how well we can cope with aspects of our daily lives. If we have good mental wellbeing we are more likely to feel confident, maintain relationships and cope with stressful situations.”

The Trust asked parents to tell them what activities help them to keep the whole family mentally well, which has resulted in a series of 10 top tips:

1. Take the time to talk as a family about feelings and worries.

2. Be kind to yourself and each other

3. Have lots of fun together

4. Stay connected and make friends inside and outside of the family

5. Let yourself cry, it helps to release emotions

6. Keep active

7. Eat a healthy balanced diet

8. Have a good sleep routine

9. Learn something new and get a sense of achievement

10. Take a break and have some time for yourself

A more detailed list can be found on the Trust’s young person’s mental health website www.withuinmind.nhs.uk