Supporting children’s mental health
Posted on 09 February 2022
Listen to them
One of the most important things we can do for our kids is listen to them. Regularly ask how they're doing so they get used to talking about their feelings and know there's always someone to talk to if they want it.
Listening to and valuing what kids say makes them feel valued. Don’t judge their feelings or wave them away – acknowledge that plenty of adults struggle with negative emotions too.
Focus on their interests
Show interest in their life and the things that are important to them. It not only helps them value who they are but also makes it easier for you to spot problems and support them.
Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties in a constructive way. It's not always easy when faced with challenging behaviour, but try to help them understand what they're feeling and why.
Help them learn from tough situations
It can be really hard when your child is not getting on with friends, having a problem with a teacher, or is disappointed with how something has worked out. Acknowledge the difficult feelings, but help your child to see that these situations help us to grow and develop so that we are better able to cope with life’s ups and downs.
Where to find further help
Let your child know that if they are worried about something, they should always talk to an adult they trust. It could be you, someone in your family, a teacher or someone else in their school.
If you’re worried about your child, you can speak to your GP, or find further help at the following sites: