YOUNG people across Hampshire are being reminded of the importance of looking after their own mental health and wellbeing as part of Children’s Mental Health Week.

Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), is marking the awareness week which runs until Sunday by urging children and young people to think about how they are feeling and familiarise themselves with what to do if they are struggling with their emotions.

A dedicated website for children and young people living in Hampshire is available at www.hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk which has information and tips about how to manage and where to get help and support for some of the most common mental health difficulties and concerns that young people might experience as they grow up.

The Hampshire CAMHS website also promotes the campaigns and events that the service run for young people, families and professionals, such as its Hear Me campaign - a year-long campaign which focuses on the vulnerable population of looked after children and young people, which includes those who are in foster care, children’s homes or adopted.

Lao Cooper, head of service for Hampshire CAMHS, said: “We are always looking for new ways to engage with local children, young people and families so that if they were ever to experience difficulties with their mental health, or had any concerns, they would know how to get in touch with us. Our website, annual campaigns and events highlights just a few of the ways that we do this.

“If you are concerned about the mental health or emotional wellbeing of a child or young person, it is important to seek advice and support at the earliest opportunity. Our website has lots of suggestions, advice and contact details of organisations that can help.”