This week is Children’s Mental Health Week, and due to the disruption over the last two years wellbeing and caring for your mental health has never been so important. According to the BBC, 46% of secondary schools agreed that pupils’ mental and emotional health was the biggest challenge in helping them catch up to learning. We thought in this blog we would give our top 5 tips on how to take immediate action:
1. It’s OK not to be OK
Ensuring that children understand that it’s ok not to always feel ok is vital. Not only does it allow them to validate how they are feeling it but also helps them to understand that when they need it, it is always right to ask for help.
Writing a diary is a really effective way of allowing a child to express themselves and recording their feelings. This is especially useful for those who find it difficult to verbally express the way they are feeling.
3. Ask Questions.
It is really important to keep communicating so the child knows that they are being heard and understood. Ask them, what would make them feel better? How can you help them?
4. Be Kind
Nurturing kindness both in the classroom and outside is hugely important, helping children to understand how this can make them feel better will further encourage this behaviour towards others.
5. Try Something New
Encourage them to try new activities such as baking a cake, trying out arts and crafts, reading a book or giving a new sport a go! Not only is this opening up opportunities to them but also it will help to inspire and motivate!
To find out more or to get advice and support go to https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk
Education is the cornerstone of a prosperous society and providing quality support to students is crucial for their academic success.