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Children’s Mental Health

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week – and the theme is ‘Growing Together’. Led by mental wellbeing charity Place2Be, the aim is to focus on the exploration of emotional growth and finding ways to help each other to grow after such a period of uncertainty.

 

I was asked to contribute my ideas to an article by Inloco Childcare about what parents and carers can do to support children through a period of readjustment, and to help bolster their mental wellbeing.

 

I was honored to be asked and to have an opportunity to contribute to this useful resource. There is good advice from a range of experts and it is well worth a read.

 

Inloco’s introduction to the article:

As the veil of the pandemic lifts, it’s easy to assume that the difficulties of this unprecedented period are now firmly behind us. But in truth, our children need us now more than ever.
The mental wellbeing of our young people has deteriorated significantly.

Research published by NHS Digital reveals that 1 in 6 children were suffering mental health disorders last year, up from 1 in 9 in 2017. Nearly 40% of 6-16-year-olds felt that their mental health had worsened over the course of the previous four years, with incidents of eating disorders and difficulties sleeping on the rise. Mental wellbeing charity The Centre for Mental Health also reports that 1.5 million children and young people in England will need support for their mental health as a direct result of the pandemic over the next three to five years.

Today marks the first day of Place2Be Children’s Mental Health Week 2022. At Inloco Childcare we understand the power and strength that can come from having a trusted support network, and how tapping into this can help nurture positive mental wellbeing and resilience, not only for our young people but also for us parents, helping us all to navigate this delicate next phase together.

So, with that in mind, we’ve spoken to national and local experts about what we as parents and carers can do to support our children through this next period of readjustment and to help heal any issues that may have already arisen.

 

Read the full article here: https://lnkd.in/d2vrz7-Q

 

Oxfordshire, UK
lisa@itstimeforchange.co.uk