Children’s Mental Health Week 4 – 10 February, 2019
“HEALTHY: INSIDE & OUT”
It’s Children’s Mental Health Week and this year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out. The aim is to encourage children and young people to look after their bodies and minds, as the two are inextricably linked. Over the course of the week we will be exploring this in more detail by attributing each letter in the word “healthy” to a vital component necessary for living a healthy and happy life.
H – E – A – L – T – H – Y
To kick off, we’ll start with the letter “H” and the importance of emotional intelligence in creating future happiness in the life of a child/young adult:
Monday, 4th February
H – Happiness
Parents or carers have many challenges in rearing children not least ensuring they enable their children to become emotionally intelligent about their inner, world experiences: their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Enabling children to understand their emotions, being able to accept and be content with themselves, learning from mistakes, making the right choices and learning to cope with adversity are integral aspects of helping children to learn, adapt and manage their emotional experiences.
To begin with babies and very young children are dependent on adults being able to tolerate uncertainty. And whether they can soothe the baby and, frankly themselves, so the baby does not become too fragmented, distressed and miserable.
As the child becomes older, friendship groups, socialising and having a more integrated sense of themselves contributes to the child being attuned to themselves and others.
Happiness, at least, one description is having the desire to know and understand our own experiences and that we are sufficiently interested and motivated to learn what and more importantly, who contributes to helping us feel safe and content.
If you are a parent and have concerns about your child, please contact us:
020 3542 9935