The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and to grow into well rounded adults.
Things that can help to keep children and young people emotionally well include:
- being in good physical health, having a healthy diet and getting regular exercise
- having time and freedom to play
- feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
- going to a school that values the wellbeing of its pupils
- taking part in activities outside of school
- having opportunities to enjoy themselves
- being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed
- accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at
- having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community
- feeling that they have some control over their own life
Most children grow up mentally and emotionally healthy and some children and young people will need extra support. Extra support may be needed at specific times, for example if the child has suffered a bereavement, or at a time of change e.g. moving house or transition to a new school.
Other children will need ongoing support and there will not always be an obvious reason for this. The main thing to remember is that support is available so if you are concerned about the mental or emotional wellbeing of a child, please don’t ignore it.
If you're a young person looking for some help or support, or you're an adult looking for support for a child, your gp or school can be a good starting point.
Help and advice on mental wellbeing
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