A new study, published in the Lancet Public Health journal and carried out by the University of Manchester, has revealed that one in four children in the UK aged up to 16 have a mother with a mental health condition.
Offspring of teenage mothers or children born into poverty were most likely to have mothers with some kind of mental health concern, with a significant regional variation also revealed. It was estimated that place with the highest proportion of children with a mother with a mental illness was Northern Ireland (29.8 per cent).
“Our work is not about stigmatising women suffering from mental health problems, but about recognising the number and needs of these children.
“This study highlights how reliable, detailed information provides vital information for researchers, policy makers, clinical commissioners, and education and health service providers,” the university’s Professor Kathryn Abel said.
She went on to say that appropriate diversion of funds to those places in the greatest of needs is required to ensure that healthcare research and funding is more representative of the burden of disease around the UK.
If you’re worried that you may be experiencing symptoms of poor mental wellbeing (common symptoms including loss of appetite, feeling low, irritability, negative thoughts or trouble sleeping), you may want to see your GP.
Remember that symptoms can build up gradually over time so you may not have noticed the signs as they appear. If you feel that something just isn’t right, talking about it can help – so get in touch with Manchester counsellors Phoenix Counselling Services to book an appointment today.