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Kids Mental Health

Last week was children’s mental health week. Lockdown is a challenging time for any family. Many parents face changing routines and worries about employment, health, and finances; all are stressful. If a parent asked a child about the best way of coping, what would the child tell the adult?

Mental Health

A child’s viewpoint

A charity interviewed children and young people for parental advice. Children said that:

  • Do not check the news all the time or spend less time then phone.
  • Make the most of family time doing hobbies and activities together.
  • Listen to your child and find out what will help them.
  • Respect your child’s boundaries, especially with teenagers.
  • Be patient with each other.
  • Remember that each parent is doing thier best.

Parents can support a child’s mental wellbeing

These are shocking numbers; 1 in 6 children aged 5-16 are likely to have a mental health problem. It is estimated that 50% of all mental health problems start by the age of 14 and 75% of young people with mental health problems are not being treated. Here are 5 actions that encourage your child's well-being:

  1. Build on your child’s existing hobbies or passions and praising their efforts.
  2. Trying new things using online tutorials and video demos that may inspire your child.
  3. Try to focus on the trying rather than for doing something well.
  4. Listening carefully to your children, being aware of your own body language and eye contact.
  5. Interpret what they are telling you with their behaviour, rather than words.

Covid-19 has changed many things within family life. Children must battle with identity, friendships, belonging and being part of generation-covid. Each child copes with change and stress in different ways, so put your children's health and wellbeing first. However, as a parent you need to find ways to take care of yourself so that you can continue supporting your children.

Protect your salary with ChildMax, as it pays your take home salary while you’re on 12 months’ unpaid leave, caring for a sick child. It starts from £49.50 or for easy budgeting an initial payment of £8.25 followed by 11 monthly payments of £3.75.

Visit at www.insurewithmax.com  or call the UK call centre 0333 323 0098 for more information.

Important: If worried about your child’s mental wellbeing, speak to your GP or your child’s school.

Sources:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/24sn304w61v52hs/CMHW2021%20-%20tips%20for%20parents%20and%20carers.pdf?dl=0

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/supporting-your-family-s-wellbeing-during-isolation/#young-people%E2%80%99s-advice-for-parents

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/well-being/mental-health-statistics#:~:text=Five%20children%20in%20a%20classroom,now%20it's%20one%20in%20six.

 

 

Date: 08 February 2021 by max robinson