Top tips from the NHS to support children and young people
Be there to listen
Regularly ask how they’re doing so they get used to talking about their feelings and know there’s always someone to listen if they want it. Find out how to create a space where they will open up.
Support them through difficulties
Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties. It’s not always easy when faced with challenging behaviour, but try to help them understand what they’re feeling and why.
Help with difficult behaviour and emotions
Stay involved in their life
Show interest in their life and the things important to them. It not only helps them value who they are but also makes it easier for you to spot problems and support them.
Encourage their interests
Being active or creative, learning new things and being a part of a team help connect us with others and are important ways we can all help our mental health. Support and encourage them to explore their interests, whatever they are.
Take what they say seriously
Listening to and valuing what they say, without judging their feelings, in turn makes them feel valued. Consider how to help them process and work through their emotions in a more constructive way.
The Anna Freud Centre support guide
Build positive routines
We know it has not been easy recently, but try to reintroduce structure around regular routines, healthy eating and exercise. A good night’s sleep is also really important – try to get them back into routines that fit with school or college.
Ollee is a helpful digital friend who can give you advice on lots of different things.
Created by Parent Zone with funding from BBC Children in Need’s A Million & Me initiative, Ollee is there to help children reflect on their feelings and to process their experiences with the support and help from their families. Ollee offers lots of advice and support on some difficult topics.
Pick from a range of areas, say how you are feeling and then Ollee will give you some advice to help you feel more happy about the situation again. Click here to visit the website and talk to Ollee.
Our school is very fortunate to be working with MIND. A Wellbeing Support Team is working with our school to promote the emotional wellbeing of children.
Previous editions of the newsletter can be found below and here.
The Department for Education has also created guidance for parents and carers on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing during the COVID pandemic. Click Here