Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems.
Children who receive the support they need early in life are better able to cope, regulate their emotions and build stronger and more positive relationships with their peers.
The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
Things that can improve childhood mental health include:
♦️ Being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.
♦️ Having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors.
♦️ Being part of a family that gets along well most of the time.
♦️ Going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils.
♦️ Taking part in local activities for young people.
Other factors are also important, including:
♦️ Feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe.
♦️ Being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves.
♦️ Being hopeful and optimistic.
♦️ Being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed.
♦️ Accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at.
♦️ Having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community.
♦️ Feeling they have some control over their own life.
♦️ Having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.