Mental Health for Kids
It may be surprising to hear the words ‘mental health’ being applied to young people, however it shouldn’t be stigmatised as it is just another part of our overall health. Just like physical health, we all have mental health, and just as our physical health can range from good to poor so can our mental health… and everything is changeable all of the time.
Good mental health is vital for children to be able to form positive relationships with others and can really be beneficial to them in navigating the trials and tribulations of life.
When we think of mental health, we may think that we should be ‘happy’ all of the time but that isn’t want being mentally healthy is about. It is about being able to experience all the emotions that include being happy, sad, angry, upset, afraid and not getting stuck on any particular one.
Children change and grow so fast, so their requirements and what they need in terms of support from us changes with these phases. But overall, until they become teenagers, families are the biggest influence on a child’s mental health. These are the primary relationships that children develop and their health will certainly affect the overall mental health of the child.
Children who feel like they belong tend to feel safe and are therefore more likely to be able to able to develop healthy relationships and boundaries as they start to explore outside of the family unit. This can set them up really well for the future.