How it feels to be hospitalised with mental health issues as a teenager


Emma Bradley is a Parenting Expert and mum of three. She has a long career as a teacher behind her expertise, but what’s really given her the title is her ability to empathise with young people. And that comes from her own personal experiences as much as from her work.

Emma didn’t get the GCSE grade she’d been predicted, and this started a course of events that saw her spiral into depression. Eventually she was hospitalised for mental health problems, and had to continue her studies from her hospital ward.



Emma explains how she got through her exams and treatment to go on to university, but not before going through some quite scary moments.

Some of Emma’s tips were absolutely brilliant, especially this one about how to start the conversation if you’re feeling suicidal:

“If you can’t say it, write it down…”

If you think your child or teenager has clinical depression, or is struggling with anxiety or other mental health issues, your first step should be to call your GP. They will signpost you to further support, or arrange an appointment for you with a specialist child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS).

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