Support your children to be healthy ‘Inside and out’

Written by: Karen Faux
Monday, February 4, 2019

Children’s Mental Health Week, from 4 – 10 February, shines a spotlight on the vital role that early years practitioners play in ensuring children are supported to achieve wellbeing from the earliest possible age. Mental health charity Place2Be, is encouraging all practitioners, teachers, health professionals and parents to focus on mental health and share experiences and good practice.

Last year LEYF (pictured) won a Healthy Early Years London Gold award for its outstanding achievements in child wellbeing
Last year LEYF (pictured) won a Healthy Early Years London Gold award for its outstanding achievements in child wellbeing

According to Place2Be, mental health problems currently affect about one in every 10 children and young people. These include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder and are often a direct result of their home life or personal circumstances.

While the majority of children grow up without problems, research suggests that more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago, probably due to the changes in the way we live now and how this affects growing up. Addressing mental wellbeing and implementing effective interventions at a young age is increasingly a priority.

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