Every Mind Matters
NHS’s Top 5 Tips for supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing as they go back out into the world (please view all tips on Every Mind Matters website):
- Be there to listen
Ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings.
- Stay involved in their life
Show interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
- Support positive routines
Be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bedtime routines, healthy eating and getting active.
- Encourage their interests
Being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests.
- Take what they say seriously
Help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.