DEAR READERS: BEFORE they turn 16, a third of children see their parents break up and 1.25million children are exposed to conflict between parents – from angry words to actual blows.
Calls to Childline by distressed kids are up more than a third amid the pandemic.
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And parents’ troubles can lead to emotional, mental and behavioural problems in their children.
Yet parents struggle to find affordable support and the scarcity of mental health services for kids can mean waiting years for help as problems worsen.
Now MPs from all parties are leading a SORT IT OUT campaign urging the Government to step in.
They are due to debate the issue in Parliament and YOU can help.
Let’s sort it out for Louie, eight
“MY mum and dad spend so much time hating each other they don’t have time to love me.”
Send me an email – [email protected] – or private-message me on Facebook to share your own experiences.
Perhaps you grew up with parents who didn’t get on. How has this affected you?
Or have you realised your own relationship problems have affected your children? Have you found it hard to access support?
Let’s sort it out for Shakira, 14
“WHEN Mum’s on the phone, sighing and rolling her eyes, I know it’s Dad.
"I’d pay money to stop that. She forgets I love him too and I’m stuck in the middle.”
Are you a youngster living with parents in conflict and wishing they would, or could, get help?
I will reply personally, of course, but I will also send on your experiences (with personal details removed to protect your confidentiality) to Nadine Dorries, the minister for mental health.
That should impress upon the Government what a massive problem this is and underline the need for them to act, urgently.
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