Supporting children's mental health and well-being

Every Mind Matters
 
Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic. With children and young people now back at school or college, the new Public Health England (PHE) Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental well-being, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.
 
Please click on the link to access a wide range of resources for children, young people and their families.
 

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.

The website also encourages parents to complete a personal ‘Mind Plan’, a quick and free interactive tool offering adults tailored mental wellbeing advice. More than 2.4 million ‘Mind Plans’ have been completed since launch in October 2019.