Mum hears from children who say they ‘didn’t want to be here’

Posted: 11th April 2022

Aimee Greaves is leading the fight against the child mental health crisis

A mum leading the fight against a child mental health crisis was shocked to hear a five-year-old tell her they “didn’t want to be here anymore”.

Aimee Greaves from Beechwood, Wirral, set up Merseyside Mindful Mammas after struggling with her own mental health during her pregnancy and said she noticed there was a lack of support for both children and parents.

The mental health nurse with over 15 years’ experience said she said she had heard some sad cases over the last few years. A 2020 NHS report said one in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental disorder.

The figure is expected to have increased further following the pandemic, and with the NHS waiting list up to 12 months long, Merseyside Mindful Mammas offers a number of services to bridge the gap. The 38-year-old said she wants to offer mental health services to children as well as empowering the parents.

Aimee, who has a daughter, said: “I set up Merseyside Mindful Mammas in 2018 after struggling with my mental health during pregnancy. I came to realise there was a lack of support out there focused on the mental health of both children and parents so decided to create something that would bridge the gap.

“Since setting up Merseyside Mindful Mammas, I’ve seen a shocking increase in very sad cases. I’ve had children as young as five saying they don’t want to be here and at the same time I’ve seen more mothers having breakdowns.

“My aim is to help as many children as possible but also the parents so that they can be the best they can be for their children. I’m also very passionate about delivering youth mental health first aid courses.

“There’s a major issue with the lack of adults in a position to help children with mental health problems. The more people trained in youth mental health the better as they can catch the early signs and prevent crisis through early intervention.”

Aimee said she combines spirituality and science to offer sessions including workshops on mindfulness and meditation as well as family connections where parents and children work together. For parents, she also offers women’s circles, rite of the womb healing and post natal massages.

Some of her most important work sees her run two-day youth mental health first aid courses where adults can become specialists. These courses are aimed at everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged eight to 18 teaching people how to reassure and respond to potential mental health issues.

Aimee said: “Tackling children’s mental health issues on a 1-2-1 basis through mental health counselling is a big part of what I do but it’s just as important to work with the parents. I work with mothers before, during and after pregnancy and work with both children and parents together in order to strengthen their bond and promote mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.”



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