The emotional wellbeing of children and young people is of equal importance to their physical health. Good mental health enables children and young people to enjoy and achieve and there is lots that families and schools can do to promote children's mental health.
When it comes to emotional health and wellbeing we often hear the word 'resilience' but sometimes it's difficult to know what resilience means and how we can strengthen resilience in young people. Resilience refers to our ability to bounce back from the negative things that happen to us. It means we have ways of managing sad and upsetting feelings and it helps us to problem-solve so that we can move forward.
Resilient people are usually good at finding support when they need it and are able to talk openly about their emotions. If you can talk about emotions you usually feel a lot better. Resilient people also have a range of hobbies or interests that make them feel good and when things get difficult they can turn to these things to help lift their mood.
Public Health have developed a Mental Health Toolkit which provides information and support about mental health and emotion wellbeing. It is designed to support staff in schools and colleges but also offers advice and information for anyone who has responsibility for children and young people, including parents. It includes information about:
The Little Book of Life Hacks is packed with ideas and links to support your own mental health and includes true stories from people who’ve tried them out. This booklet is a great resource to use with young people or as a whole family to help conversations start about wellbeing. It contains all the details you need to top up wellbeing and is great to share with others who need it.
Public Health has joined forces with Somerset's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and local parents to produce a leaflet for parents about supporting young people during the teenage years. The leaflet helps parents to understand some of the reasons behind teenage behaviour and ways that parents can help during this time of growth and change. To download a copy go to:Teenage Years Leaflet.pdf
Looking after a child or young person who has emotional or mental health problems can be very hard. You may feel challenged, isolated, scared and deeply upset and wish you knew where to turn for help. Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have produced a leaflet to help parents understand and support their child.