Children who are looked after by the Local Authority are more likely to have mental health problems compared to children who are not. To support parents who adopt children with mental health difficulties the Adoption Support Fund was created. To date it has provided over 10,000 families with £38m of agreed therapeutic funding, but what is it and how does it work?
As humans, we are very social, with relationships being central to our physical and emotional wellbeing. Throughout our lives we are involved in many relationships, some of which we view as rewarding and positive and some that are less so. We can at times find difficulty in our connections with others especially with those we care most about and these close personal relationships begin to breakdown.
It is usual for people to feel anxious when they are about to embark on something that is frightening or is important to them, like a job interview or an exam. In most cases, we are aware of the causes of anxiety and manage to control its effects - utilising its benefits to our advantage. At other times, however, people feel anxious for little or no reason and have little or no control over the symptoms.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is typified by an individual feeling high levels of anxiety following a particularly traumatic or distressing event. The onset of this anxiety state may happen immediately after the event or may be delayed until sometime later in life. In some cases the negative thoughts around these events may lie dormant for many years until they are triggered and resurface.
Depression is a term that is often wrongly used in everyday language to describe when someone is feeling sad or little down. In clinical terms Depression is a severe and persistent lowering of mood, lasting weeks rather than days, that significantly affects a person’s day to day life. Depression can be suffered by anyone and at any stage of their life.