Children's Mental Health Week aims to teach the importance of looking after our emotional wellbeing from a young age.
This week marks Children’s Mental Health Week which is run by a charity called Place2Be with the aim to highlight the importance of looking after our mental wellbeing from a young age.
1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition and no one should be left to face it on their own. There are plenty of ways to support our young people and understanding this is something that we should all strive to do.
Whether it’s sitting to watch TV or setting off for an adventurous day out, you should make time to spend together and build on your relationship. By taking this time to make someone feel special, it can encourage openness and give them something to look forward to.
This is a common method to support mental health problems and it can truly help someone that just needs to chat, rant, cry and anything else. Sometimes it can be difficult for young people to demonstrate their emotions or be able to chat things through, but with your encouragement it can make them feel more at ease. We want to teach our children that you shouldn’t bottle these things up and that it is always best to talk about how they are feeling. By talking openly and honestly about mental health, it will seem like less of a taboo topic for the younger generation. Listen to what they have to say and sincerely take it in to offer a branch of support, this will be extremely appreciated by anyone and can really make a difference.
Implement positive surroundings and a routine to follow. Healthy eating, regular exercise and a good amount of sleep can all help the mind. We understand it can be challenging to introduce this but it can really have its benefits.
• Significant changes in behaviour
• Distancing themselves in social situations
• Difficulty sleeping
• Neglecting themselves
• Disinterested in usual hobbies
You can learn more information on how to identify if something is wrong with a young person’s mental health.
We want to create an environment that encourages people to come and be able to truly enjoy themselves. With our ninja warrior course, indoor trampolining and soft play in Cheltenham, there is something for young people to do.
Our indoor venue is a hub of socialising and a great way for people to make new connections and friends. Pushing this interaction with others can help a child to feel confident in a safe space and improve their social skills. Bring the entire family down for some quality time together and if you don’t fancy participating in the physical activities, you can relax in our great café.
Book a session at our children's play area online or get in touch for more information. Alternatively, for more information on mental health, please contact Place2Be or other brilliant charities for advice.