Bupa launches mental health service

Bupa UK has today launched a Family Mental HealthLine designed to assist parents and children on issues related to mental health.

The service encompasses several components. A team of trained advisors and mental health nurses provides consumers with advice, guidance and support. The offering includes signposting to online resources for additional support and guidance. Also featured is a nurse-led case management to help parents with all aspects of their child’s mental health wellbeing, including planning and co-ordinating specialist care if needed.

Clinical director for mental health at Bupa UK Insurance, Dr Pablo Vandenabeele said: “Mental health issues can affect anyone at any age, but it’s worrying to see that such a high proportion of teenagers are reporting symptoms. Naturally this is leaving parents concerned and looking for trustworthy support.

“It can be hard for parents to tell when their child is struggling with their mental health, but I always advise parents to trust their instincts and take action if they are worried. Over the past few years we’ve seen a big increase in the number of customers coming to us wanting support for children they care for.”

The Family Mental HealthLine is available to the firm’s private medical insurance clients who are concerned with a child’s emotional wellbeing, even if they don’t have cover for the child.

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