Today is World Mental Health Day. Did you know that 1 in 10 children age 5-16 have a mental health problem and many continue to have these problems into adulthood.
Having good mental health is key to the healthy development and wellbeing of every child. Children need good mental health not only to be able to deal with every day challenges and adapt to change, but so they can feel good about themselves, build healthy relationships with others and enjoy life.
This is an excerpt from a Mental Health Foundation article about things that can help keep children mentally well. These include:
- Being in good physical health, eating a balance diet and getting regular exercise.
- Having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors.
- Being part of a family that gets along (most of the time).
- Going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils.
- Taking part in local activities for young people.
Other factors are also important, including:
- Feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
- Being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves.
- Being hopeful and optimistic.
- Being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed.
- Accepting who they are and recognizing what they are good at.
- Having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community.
- Feeling they have some control over their own life.
- Having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.
Our chosen charity , Place2Be, also have some simple steps you can take at any age to help promote positive mental health. You can find out more about these steps on the Place2Be website.