16 million people in the UK experience a mental illness each year, and 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday (British Child and Adolescent Mental Health Survey, 2004).
It can take a decade for many young people to receive help after showing first symptoms (Centre for Mental Health, 2016). Opportunities to help are often missed until they reach “crisis”, causing children to self-harm, become suicidal, be violent and aggressive or drop out of school. Moreover, whilst three-quarters of parents whose children are experiencing a mental health difficulty seek help, only one-quarter receive any support.
We believe this needs to change. We believe that parents should have easy access to targeted and helpful information about mental health, so that they can better understand and support their children from their own home.
We are Think Box Therapy, a UK startup developing an innovative and unique online resource created for parents, providing information and advice about child and adolescent mental health.
Our expert team has over 10 years’ experience working with parents and children in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service within the NHS), Midwifery, Neuroscience, and Education. We recently had the idea to share our knowledge and experience with parents across the UK and around the world, with an aim to create an accessible, affordable, and easy to understand online mental health resource that has the scope to make a positive change in millions of young people’s lives.
Our aim at Think Box Therapy is to provide professional information and advice translated into simple English, with no confusing medical terminology or complicated words, just easy to understand information communicated through animations and videos - to break down the barriers between what we know about mental health and the people who need to access this information.
We are currently developing our unique and innovative “Think Boxes” which will be online resources tailored to specific mental health conditions including Self Harm, Depression & Anxiety, Adoption, Bullying, and Divorce, to name just a few. The information and strategies will be aimed at parents, with the view to improve the parent-child relationship by empowering parents with knowledge as well as useful strategies and advice.
Our vision is to have useful and useable information about child and adolescent mental health communicated in a relatable and understandable way, and easily accessed by parents around the world simply by clicking on our website.