Children’s emotional wellbeing is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health helps children develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. By developing positive mental health facilitates children with the skills and strategies to know how to cope when things get tough.
What causes mental health problems?
Anything! This is individual to each person. What one person finds difficult may be diffeerent to another. Most mental health problems are usally caused by traumatic events, changes to relationships, starting a new school, moving house. These are just a small example of what a child or adult can find stressful and can cause worry leading to mental health difficulties.
There are lots of ways we can help our children cope with their mental health including: talking to an adult or a friend, talking to a GP, finding support groups locally or online through trusted sites such as Childline or Youngminds. Completing art activities, being active, singing or playing board games are some of ways how we can support our children with their mental health.
Below you will find links to resources for parents, guides for children to complete, ways to keep minds busy and strategies for children (and adults) to use when things are getting on top of them.
If you have concerns about your child's mental health, please contact your GP, talk to your child's class teacher or speak to our SENCO will be able to support you to access groups or services locally.
Talking mental health with children at Primary School
Childline: what is mental health?