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Working parents fear for children’s mental health

Pablo Vandenabeele
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A third of working parents have worried about their child’s mental health at work. Research, conducted among working parents of 4-18 year olds reveals that children’s mental health is among parents’ greatest concerns, on par with physical health and academic performance. The only concern that ranks higher is future financial prospects. Contributor Pablo Vandenabeele, Clinical Director for Mental Health at Bupa UK Insurance

The vast majority of parents believe that there is greater awareness of children’s mental health than when they were growing up, with seven in 10 (72 percent) employed parents claiming that they talk to their child about their emotional health and wellbeing more than their parents did.

It’s clear that parents see the importance of supporting their children’s mental health, but they still require support. Two in five (38 percent) struggle to talk to their child about their emotional wellbeing, while almost a third (29 percent) would keep their child’s diagnosis a secret from their employer.

For a child struggling with poor mental health, an early diagnosis and fast access to support can help aid recovery and long term management of their condition. The research also indicates that it benefits the whole family. The majority (82 percent) of working parents that have children who have started treatment believe that it has improved their home life.

Bupa recently launched the most extensive mental health cover available – Business Mental Health Advantage – to provide employees and their families with support and treatment to manage all* long-term mental health issues. In addition to this Bupa has created a guide to help parents start a conversation about mental health and resilience.

Pablo Vandenabeele, Clinical Director for Mental Health at Bupa UK Insurance, said: “Like our physical health, we can experience mental health issues at any age. Our research shows that parents are increasingly aware of mental health issues but many find it hard to talk to their child about it. At Bupa, our mental health support colleagues talk to many parents who have questions about how to identify if their child may need support with their mental health.


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