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Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week was the 7th - 13th of February and PAWS CIC had a lot to say…posting on our socials every day of the week to raise awareness to the importance of our young people’s mental health. This year the theme was growing together. Reflecting on the struggles you may have had, how you can grow from them with the help of others around you and how your setbacks may be beneficial to helping others.

PAWS CIC strongly believe that with the help of our animal assisted interventions, animal assisted therapy, school dogs, we can deliver huge support in growing and developing educationally, mentally and physically.

  • One in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021, a huge increase from one in nine in 2017. That’s five children in every classroom

  • The number of A&E attendances by young people aged 18 or under with a recorded diagnosis of a psychiatric condition more than tripled between 2010 and 2018-19

  • 83% of young people with mental health needs agreed that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse

  • In 2018-19, 24% of 17-year-olds reported having self-harmed in the previous year, and seven per cent reported having self-harmed with suicidal intent at some point in their lives. 16% reported high levels of psychological distress

  • Suicide was the leading cause of death for males and females aged between five to 34 in 2019

  • Nearly half of 17-19 year-olds with a diagnosable mental health disorder has self-harmed or attempted suicide at some point, rising to 52.7% for young women

PAWS want to create a safe space for our young people to open up so we can provide patience, reassurance and an open mind to their struggles. The support that our therapy dogs contribute to our clients help us to do this. Not do we just provide animal assisted therapy to our private clients but training to school dogs that want to utilise the benefits they have in schools.

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