You play an important role in supporting your children’s mental wellbeing. These five simple acts can make a big difference to your child’s happiness and help build confidence and resilience
Take time to talk about feelings and listen.
Share mealtimes and talk about their day.
Find activities you can enjoy together as a family.
Encourage them to see their friends outside of school rather than by phone or online.
Go for a walk, run, skip, cycle, swim, dance — whatever they enjoy, indoors or outdoors.
Find a local group sport or activity they can join.
Exercise is a mood booster and a great way to feel good.
Take them out to a park, woods, the seaside or even a different part of the city or town so they can enjoy a varied environment.
Encourage them to notice how they are feeling and how they can process their emotions in a positive way.
Learning isn’t just for school. Encourage them to also read for fun.
Pass on skills like cooking, sewing, model making, photography and DIY, so they know that learning can be fun.
Help them to be kind, to share and to show interest in others.
Encourage them to do something nice for a friend, family member or charity.
If you’re worried about your child’s mental health, call YoungMinds, a free parents’ helpline on 0808 802 5544 or visit youngminds.org.uk