Trust Jack Foundation

                                            putting mental heath first


Email: contact@trustjackfoundation.co.uk

We aim to raise awareness of mental health issues to young people and parents and to raise funds to support young people in their recovery

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Frequently Asked Questions About Mental Heath Illnesses

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What is mental illness?

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Some of the more common disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal. When these occur in children under 18, they are referred to as serious emotional disturbances (SEDs). Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income.

What causes mental illness?

Although the exact cause of most mental illnesses is not known, it is becoming clear through research that many of these conditions are caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors.

Will my child get better with time?

Some children get better with time. But other children need ongoing professional help. Talk to your child's doctor or specialist about problems that are severe, continuous, and affect daily activities. Also, don't delay seeking help. Treatment may produce better results if started early.

What should I do if I am concerned about mental, behavioural, or emotional symptoms in my child?

Talk to your child's doctor or health care provider. Ask questions and learn everything you can about the behaviour or symptoms that worry you. If your child is in school ask the teacher if your child has been showing worrisome changes in behaviour. Share this with your child's doctor or health care provider. Keep in mind that every child is different. Even normal development, such as when children develop language, motor, and social skills, varies from child to child. Ask if your child needs further evaluation by a specialist with experience in child behavioural problems. Specialists may include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and behavioural therapists. Educators may also help evaluate your child.

Are there treatment options for children?

Yes. Once a diagnosis is made, your child's specialist will recommend a specific treatment. It is important to understand the various treatment choices, which often include psychotherapy or medication. Talk about the options with a health care professional who has experience treating the illness observed in your child. Some treatment choices have been studied experimentally, and other treatments are a part of health care practice. In addition, not every community has every type of service or program.

Where can I go for help?

Where you go for help will depend on the nature of the problem and/or symptoms and what best fits you. Often, the best place to start is by talking with someone you trust about your concerns. Ask for referrals and recommendations. These may come through friends, family, health care providers, or other professionals whom you know and trust.

If you’d like more information, or help with a specific question, then please contact us via our contact form