This week is Mental Health Week. (Sunday 10th October to Saturday 16th October.)
Therefore I thought I would post specifically around the mental health theme.
During my contact with children both in the public and private sector there were clear themes reflecting areas that needed improvement when working with children and their parents.
So below I have written some points to focus upon to improve and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in children.
* Ensure positive and secure attachments with parents or major caregivers.
* Provide guidelines/rules and boundaries that supply a safe, effective space that encourages learning and self development.
* Be clear about these and do not change “the goal posts” all the time
*Surround children with positive role models as to how to conduct themselves and the qualities they may aspire to have.
* Encourage self worth
* Be consistent in your parenting
* Provide encouragement regularly.
* Highlight positive and desired behaviour often. Even if it is behaviour we “expect” reinforce it often.
* Make consequences immediate. Children have short attention spans therefore will not connect past behaviour with current reaction/consequence if much later.
* Most of all – Promote Self Love
There are plenty of resources around and in the coming days I will list some services and websites that promote positive mental health.
If you have immediate concerns for your child or adolescent please contact your general practitioner who will refer you to the appropriate mental health service in your state or to the relevant professional. . For telephone-based assistance, you may like to call Lifeline (131 114) or Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800).
Information on this website is to be used as a guide only and does not take the place of appropriate clinical care.