This Children’s Mental Health Week learn how to support and promote positive mental health in children.
As parents, it can be difficult to know how to approach the subject of mental health with our little ones. But it's important to remember that starting the conversation early can help create an open and understanding environment for your child to talk about their feelings and emotions.
Here are some tips on how to speak to your child about mental health:
- Use age-appropriate language. It's important to use language that your child will understand. For younger children, you can use simple terms and examples to help them understand what mental health is.
- Encourage them to express their feelings. Let your child know that it's okay to have a wide range of emotions and that it's important to talk about them. Encourage your child to express their feelings through play, art, or writing.
- Listen actively. When your child does open up to you, make sure to listen actively and without judgment. This will help your child feel heard and understood.
- Be a role model. Children learn from their parents, so it's important to model good mental health habits yourself. Show your child that it's okay to take care of your own mental health, and encourage them to do the same.
- Get professional help if needed. If your child is struggling with their mental health, don't hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can provide support and guidance for both you and your child.
Remember, talking about mental health with your child is an ongoing process. It's important to keep the lines of communication open and to keep the conversation going as your child grows and develops.
If you’re looking for more support get in touch with charities like Young Minds who help support both parents and children. Find more resources here: www.youngminds.org.uk/parent