Thankfully, we are living in a world where mental health issues are becoming less of a stigma, more people are opening up about their problems and seeking help. However, some people do not realise children face these mental health issues too and one of the worst things about it is that the children may not realise why they are feeling that way.
To help reduce the number of children suffering in silence, we’ve put together a list of easy things to nurture a child’s mental health.
Actively listen before offering advice
Surround them with healthy adults
Teach them how to be safe
Use open-ended questions
Have scheduled family time
Respond calmly when their emotions are elevated
Share your feelings and validate theirs
Limit electronic time for everyone
View their behaviour as a window to their needs and feelings
Tell the truth
Reach out and hug them
Model healthy behaviour
Be consistent and follow through with what promise
Believe them and in them
Practise relaxation exercises together
Recognise positive choices
Set and respect boundaries
A child’s mental health is just as important as an adult’s and we need to ensure we do all we can to nurture it and help keep them healthy.
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