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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

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Find Your Brave

 

This year the theme of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is 'Find Your Brave'. Bravery comes in many different forms, and even as adults it can be a challenge. Bravery can be many different things. It can be sharing a worry with someone, trying something new, doing something different or asking for help

1 in 8 children and young people in our society have a diagnosable mental health condition. If you are worried about your child's mental health, speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

 

What can you do to help your child?

The Children's Mental Health Awareness Week website has lots of ideas to help including... 

1. Remind your child that bravery comes in many forms and everyone is different. What’s brave for them might not feel brave to someone else.

2. Chat with your child about a time when you’ve had to Find your Brave. It might have been something big or small.

3. Praise your child when they Find their Brave. Maybe they’ve kept going at learning a new skill or tried something outside of their comfort zone which boosted their confidence.

4. Point out examples of bravery in books and films to your child and talk about how trying out different ways of being brave will help them feel good.

5. Reassure your child that not feeling brave is OK too and that there are times when it might be more difficult to be brave.

 

Here are some other idea that might help you to support your children at home*. 

  • Actively listen before offering advice
  • Surround them with healthy adults
  • Teach them how to be safe
  • Use open-ended questions
  • Model forgiveness
  • Be present
  • Be patient
  • 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
  • Make play and exercise a requirement
  • 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

*taken from https://www.relaxkids.com/

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