If you’re concerned about a child’s wellbeing, we can help. You don’t need to be a Bupa customer to access the information and advice we offer here.

Why is a child’s mental health important?

As they grow and change, children are constantly reacting to what’s going on around them. Many of those reactions are positive – but sometimes things can feel confusing or upsetting, leading to a change in their behaviour. They may be showing signs of distress, upset, anger, sadness or perhaps wanting to isolate themselves. And that in turn can impact on the child’s wellbeing.

This matters because child’s wellbeing is closely linked to physical, emotional and social development. So we’ve gathered together lots of resources to help you support your child, including children’s wellbeing activities, animations, tools, self-help and more.

How can I help my child’s mental wellbeing?

Our tips on child mental health

Sharp increase in worries about eating disorders in children

Our research shows that more people have been looking for answers about eating disorders as a result of the pandemic. Eating disorders in children can be a significant cause for concern. That’s why we’ve created a page all about leading types of eating disorder, warning signs to look out for, and advice for parents.

Child wellbeing and mental health in a time of COVID-19

Nine creative ideas to keep families busy indoors

We’ve put together a series of children’s wellbeing activities to keep your child occupied. They include things like games, home-based adventures, arts and crafts, growing things, and relaxation. They’re a great way to enjoy quality time together.

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Support for your child’s wellbeing from Bupa’s experts

Healthy Me is where you’ll find a wide range of help for your child’s wellbeing.

If you’re in a crisis or just need some help, don’t hesitate. Here are some really helpful organisations that you can turn to for support.

  • YoungMinds

  • Samaritans

  • Mind

  • Mental Health Foundation

  • Rethink Mental Illness

Mental health support as part of Bupa health insurance

Direct Access telephone services are available as long as the symptoms are covered under the policy. If your cover excludes conditions you had before your policy started, we’ll ask you to provide evidence from your GP that your symptoms are not pre-existing for a period of up to two years from policy start date (or up to five years in the case of mental health). We can then refer you to a consultant or therapist through the Direct Access service. Always call us first to check your eligibility.

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