The last month saw Mental Health Awareness Week. As a SEND parent, as with most parents, I’m often focused more on my kids than myself. Bringing up kids can be stressful but the facts show that bringing up a child with additional needs are more likely to struggle in some areas including that of stress and mental health.
My kids will no doubt be the greatest achievement of my life, but the constant fighting and worrying has definitely had an impact too. One in four people in the UK have a diagnosed mental health issue, but some stats say as many are undiagnosed. Parent carers I know directly relate their illness to this stress and anxiety. Not convinced? The NHS even list being a carer as one of potential causes of stress.
I asked a quick question “Has having a child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) affected your mental health?”
I was overwhelmed by the responses.