Let’s spread a little kindness on World Mental Health Day

What’s it all about?

World Mental Health Day 2018 is observed on October 10. This day is meant to raise awareness about importance of mental health of individuals across the world.

We’ve all known someone going through a tough time, whether it’s a big change such as moving home or school, a relationship breaking down,
or coping with the loss of a loved one.
At these times it can be hard to know what to do to help, especially where children are involved. It may sound simple but we know that small acts of kindness can make all the difference. Plus did you know studies show that being kind can make you happier and less stressed?
As teachers, parents and carers, we have a very important role to play in helping children learn the value of kindness. Here are a few simple ways to encourage your child to spread a little kindness today, and beyond…

  • Point out kindness whenever you see it : in the news, in a bedtime story, in your family, on the street… helping your child notice acts of kindness all around them will inform and inspire them.
  • Involve your child if you’re helping out a friend or a neighbour, doing kind things together can be really fun and they will learn from your example!
  • When you notice your child being kind, comment on it. A little bit of kindness goes a long way.
  • And finally, be kind to yourself – something that’s all too easy to forget. Being a teacher, parent or carer can be hard work, so don’t be too tough on yourself.
  • Don’t forget: If you’re worried about your child, talk to your GP or someone at your child’s school.
Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world. It’s never too early or too late to start thinking about your child’s mental health, and how as a parent, you have a hugely important role in helping them to develop their ability to cope with life’s challenges as they grow.
We are not alone when it comes to mental health.  Here is a great website with support resources for parents and carers:
World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

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