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Activities and resources to support your child's mental health and wellbeing

Please read below for tips in supporting your child's mental health and a link to the Every Mind Matters Website.

NHS’s Top 5 Tips for supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing as they go back out into the world (please view all tips on Every Mind Matters website):

  1. Be there to listen
    Ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings.
  2. Stay involved in their life
    Show interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
  3. Support positive routines
    Be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bedtime routines, healthy eating and getting active.
  4. Encourage their interests
    Being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests.
  5. Take what they say seriously
    Help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.

Randon acts of kindness from Twinkl.This is a lovely activity to help boost the mental health of others. Research also shows that helping others can be beneficial to our own mental health as well.

Big Life Journal has shared these free '7 helpful hints' to support positive feedback for children. They report It’s only natural for children to resist feedback, especially when it’s corrective. Studies show being critiqued can feel threatening, triggering the fight-flight-freeze stress response. These helpful hints will support positive interactions when communicating feedback

Try some mindfulness and calming techniques with your children. These are great for exploring the environment using all your senses and great for a calming activity.

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