One of the challenges in supporting the mental health health and wellbeing of children is that there is a huge discrepancy in the resources and funds allocated to adult mental health and child mental health.
One of the biggest neglected aspects of practice is parenting and caring. In fact, a lot of mental health practice for children treats the parent or carer as the taxi driver or onlooker or even as the key problem, rather than as a key and vital element of the way forward.
The real difficulty for parents and carers is that when support is needed it is often very difficult to find or if it is found it is often difficult to afford.
Changing people's ideas about this issue is one of the goals of Relationship Health Matters. We would like to see many everyday policies and practices in child mental health and education practice being rethought and changed in a number of different key ways. As this is the only logical thing to do if we are collectively really serious about evidence based practice.
In the immediate situation however, as far as our own operations are concerned we have, after a great deal of puzzling about the best way forward, concluded that we need a fund raising element to our own operations. The funds we raise enable us to offer two types of learning bursaries
i) to those parents and carers on low incomes who want to learn but cannot afford to take part without support
ii) to professionals who want to train to develop an aspect of practice that is not funded, so that they can be part of sharing these ideas in their own schools and communities.
If you would like to make a donation to our bursary fund you can read more about how we use donated funds or you can make a donation here.
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