When should I contact BUP?
There's no easy answer to that question. If you're worried about yourself or your child, it's good to talk things over with someone. What do friends and family say? What do the staff at preschool/school say? Are they also worried? What support can they offer? How long has there been a problem? What have you already tried to make things better? Can the problem be explained by something that's happened? Maybe you can find a solution together.
Sometimes talking among yourselves is not enough, you don't get anywhere. This can lead to a downward spiral of worry and conflict that's difficult to break. Children and parents can start to despair at not being able to find a solution. In such a situation, turning to BUP can be a good thing. When the worry doesn't pass, or daily life just isn't working any longer, it's definitely time to get in touch with us.
You can call us for advice. Many clinics have special times when you can speak directly with a therapist. Together we can decide whether the problem is something child and adolescent psychiatry can help you with, or whether there's somewhere else which offers better support, such as school healthcare, social services, family counselling or a youth guidance centre.