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Children's mental health - Every Mind Matters - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

Top tips to support children and young people

 

Be there to listen

Regularly ask how they're doing so they get used to talking about their feelings and know there's always someone to listen if they want it. Find out how to create a space where they will open up.

How to start a conversation with your child

 

Support them through difficulties

Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties. It's not always easy when faced with challenging behaviour, but try to help them understand what they're feeling and why.

Help with difficult behaviour and emotions

 

Stay involved in their life

Show interest in their life and the things important to them. It not only helps them value who they are but also makes it easier for you to spot problems and support them.

 

Encourage their interests

Being active or creative, learning new things and being a part of a team help connect us with others and are important ways we can all help our mental health. Support and encourage them to explore their interests, whatever they are.

 

Take what they say seriously

Listening to and valuing what they say, without judging their feelings, in turn makes them feel valued. Consider how to help them process and work through their emotions in a more constructive way.

The Anna Freud Centre support guide

 

Build positive routines

We know it still may not be easy, but try to reintroduce structure around regular routines, healthy eating and exercise. A good night's sleep is also really important – try to get them back into routines that fit with school or college.

Sleep tips for children

 

 

 

 

1 in 5 children and young people suffer from mental health illness in any given year. At Kooth, we believe every young person has the right to thrive and to access high quality mental health care.

Kooth.com is commissioned by the NHS, Local Authorities, charities and businesses to provide anonymous and personalised mental health support for Children and Young People. With over 4000 logins per day, we provide end to end support whatever the need.

This service is currently only for young people between the ages of 10 and 16. That unfortunately means only our Y6 children can access this.

 

 

 

 

Other sources of support and guidance:

 

Place2Be provides mental health support to children in UK schools.

 

Improving children’s mental health in schools – Place2Be


We are the UK's leading mental health charity for young people. If you're a parent worried about your child please contact our Parents Helpline for advice on 0808 802 5544, open from Monday to Friday, from 09:30 to 4pm. 

 

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/

Recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard. We've got advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm. 

 

Signs That a Child Is Suffering From Mental Health Issues | NSPCC

 

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