This Children’s Mental Health Week, children and parents are being encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings during these challenging times.
The theme of the week is ‘Express Yourself’, which is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself. This could be through art, music, writing, dance, drama or doing any activity that makes you feel good.
Parents and carers play an important role in their child’s mental health and can help their child by encouraging them to talk openly about their thoughts and feelings. Supporting children to express themselves is arguably more important than ever with the pandemic leaving many feeling helpless and out of control.
Encouraging children to exercise and more importantly getting them outside into the fresh air is great for their mental wellbeing. Whether they are splashing in puddles, tree climbing or building a den, getting away for an hour or two from screens and into nature will boost their mental wellbeing.
It is also vital for parents and carers to look after their own mental health because of the impact that this can have on children. See our top 10 tips for promoting positive parental wellbeing.
If you are worried about your child’s mental health you can talk to your GP or someone at your child’s school. Alternatively you can call The Young Minds Parents Helpline, which you can call for free on 0808 802 5544 (9.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday, UK).