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.
Today’s focus is on the letter ‘H’, for being hopeful and the need for parents to encourage hope for children in challenging circumstances:
H – E – A – L – T – H – Y
Being hopeful is also about realistic positivity and how parents foster hope even when circumstances are challenging.
Hope inspires coping strategies to manage difficulty even if it means having the capacity to believe that things will be better when in the here and now, the individual might be feeling dread and despair.
Being able to recognise when your child has deleted resources to inspire hope within themselves is an observation requiring an immediate but proportionate response.
If you are a parent and have concerns about your child, please contact us:
020 3542 9935