It is estimated that between 15 and 20% of children and young people in Ireland will at some point have the experience of living with parents who have a mental health problem. All the research shows that if children and young people are not given information about the nature of their parent’s mental health difficulty, they can be at increased vulnerability to emotional, behaviour and Mental Health difficulties themselves. So has this conversation happened between parents and children / young people? Are the young people aware that mum or dad experiences distress due to their Mental Health and that their Mental Health difficulties may be worsened by the current COVID-19 pandemic? What if this conversation has never happened?
Dr Sharyn Byrne, HSE Senior Clinical Psychologist, Community and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has written an article to share information on the WITH project, a resource for children and young people to understand parental mental health difficulties and she joined MaryClaire on Let’s Talk today….