Children's Mental Health Week 1st - 7th February. This year, the theme is 'Dress to Express!'
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mental health is how we feel and think. It is important that we know how to express how we feel and understand that feelings can come and go. On this page you will find information for yourself and also information for your parents.
Please watch the video below, it explains what mental health is in child friendly terms, and how we can open up discussions about our mental health. The video is made by children, for children.
If you are concerned about someone else's feelings, you could try having a conversation about it with them. You could try some of the following conversation starters:
- You don't seem yourself today, are you ok?
- You look sad/worried, is there anything you would like to talk about?
- How are you today, are you ok?
Or, if you don't feel confident enough to ask these questions, you could tell a grown up that you trust that you are worried about someone.
How can I help myself to feel calm?
There are lots of ways to feel calmer, it's all about what works for you! Maybe try some breathing exercises or activities and games to make you feel more relaxed. Try the 'calm zone' by clicking on the link below. They have lots of information about expressing yourself and advice about ways to cope in tricky times.
Mindful meditation work for some people. Here is one that you could try:
Some people find breathing exercises work for them, you could try one of these below:
You may find yoga relaxing. These clips will guide you through a yoga session alongside a story. Try Spot the Spider and see what you think...
Having a conversation with your child about mental health does not have to be a daunting prospect. The guides below may help you find a way of opening up a discussion about mental health and wellbeing.
Please remember that one in four adults struggle with low mood, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. If you are struggling with your own mental health and wellbeing, you could access one of the support networks below:
Children's Mental Health Week 1st - 7th February
Click on the link to see more information about the week. Keep an eye out for photos of our children below!