Charity Warchild have launched a new film which highlights the devastating effects of war on childhood mental health and wellbeing.
The video highlights the important issue of the strain that conflict can have on the mental health of children who have been affected by war, long after they have left the actual war zone.
This film is viewed as part of the charities wider work prioritising the provision of mental health and psychosocial services for children affected by conflict, and their communities.
This emotional film follows a small robot as it struggles to fit into everyday life.
The robot fails to bond with its mother, struggles to make friends at school, has problems with studying and suffers from flashbacks of traumatic memories in a war zone.
These experiences are common for children who have lived through a war.
The charity consulted with experts to ensure that the film reflected the reality of life for children who have experienced conflict.
Warchild say on their website: “Without proper support, children risk developing psychological and emotional problems later in life.
This severely limits their ability, and that of their families and communities, to rebuild their lives once the conflict has ended.
We need as many people as possible to join us in the conversation. By watching and sharing this video, you can play a vital role in helping us to change perceptions and deliver the support that children need.”
The video is supported by the hashtag #EscapeRobot and its release coincides with the release of a new report, Reclaiming Dreams on the effects that conflict and warfare has on children’s mental health.
Rob Williams, Chief Executive of War Child UK, said: “War Child is working to change the conversation around mental health for children living with the realities of war. We’ve seen a sea change in the perception of mental health in the UK, which is fantastic and it’s important to take these issues as seriously for children dealing with the real consequences of living through conflict.”