A third of working parents have worried about their child’s mental health at work, a survey shows.
The poll of 826 working parents of 4-18 year olds found children’s mental health is among parents’ greatest concerns, on a par with physical health and academic performance.
The only concern that ranks higher is future financial prospects.
The survey from Bupa also found the vast majority of parents believe that there is greater awareness of children’s mental health than when they were growing up, with 72% claiming they talk to their child about their emotional health and wellbeing more than their parents did.
However, 38% struggle to talk to their child about their emotional wellbeing, while 29% would keep their child’s diagnosis a secret from their employer.
The poll suggests early diagnosis and fast access to support benefits the whole family, with 82% of working parents whose children have started treatment saying it has improved their home life.
Pablo Vandenabeele, clinical director for mental health at Bupa UK Insurance, said parents are increasingly aware of mental health issues but many find it hard to talk to their child about it.
“At Bupa, our mental health support colleagues talk to many parents who have questions about how to identify if their child may need support with their mental health,” he added.
The study also revealed the triggers that parents feel are impacting their children’s mental health. The main causes were physical and online bullying, moving to a different school or social circle and pressure to succeed at school.