Children’s Mental Health Week

This week (5 -11 February 2018) it’s Children’s Mental Health Week! Mental health problems affect 1 in 10 children and young people in UK (Mental Health Foundation, UK). Some of these children and young people can find it difficult to think positively about themselves and this has a huge effect on their self-esteem. Findings show how YOGA is a powerful tool to support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Tips to support children’s confidence and self-esteem suggested by Place2Be

Parents and carers can play a very important role in helping children to understand the importance of being unique and to encourage them building confidence and self-esteem.

  • Point out your children’s positive qualities such as determination, courage and kindness. Help them everyday to notice what makes them wonderful and  unique.
  • Have a chat about the strengths, qualities and interests within your family over dinner, in the car or when you are playing together… it can be fun to notice how we are all different from each other!
  • Be a role model. Celebrate your efforts with your children whether you go for a run, get promoted at work or cook a great meal, sharing your achievements, no matter how big or small, will help your children to recognise their own.
For more information and resources for parents, teachers and youth clubs visit www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

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