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Wise up on Child Mental Health and Wellbeing

Factors that can affect and improve a child’s mental welfare include:

  • Being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise (see 7 day meal plan for tips on how to feed children nutritionally balanced meals cheaply)
  • Having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
  • Being part of a family that does not argue excessively
  • Going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
  • Taking part in local activities for young people.

The Mental Health Foundation highlights that one of the most important factors in helping child wellbeing and mental health is to ensure children feel: ‘loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe’. Speak to your child about how they are, ask them about how they feel regularly, teach children the importance of accepting yourself by leading by example. Do not pass on bad dieting habits, do not complain about weight gain or your body image to your children, as this behaviour can be learned by children. In a world where children are growing up surrounded by super-slim unrealistic body images in the media, it is vital that your child understands their own self-worth.

If you’re worried about your child’s mental wellbeing, it is important that you speak to a doctor as soon as possible. See local walk-in centre’s that you can visit without an appointment here.

There are many organisations who specialise in helping children who are suffering with their mental health, to find a comprehensive list of many of these organisations click here.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved in raising awareness to parliament about the support needed for children to ensure their mental health and wellbeing click here.

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