10 practical tips on how to look after your child's mental health
- Role Model
Be a positive role mental health role model. Demonstrate positive behaviours which your child can learn from you.
Support your child to talk about their problems and how they are feeling.
- Coping Skills
Work with your child to develop coping skills. Support your child to learn skills such a problem solving and thought challenging.
Promote healthy eating and physical activity. Exercise is a great tool to boost mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
Make sure you child has time and space to look after themselves. Involve yourself in their hobbies.
Allow your child to make their own decisions. This will help to build resilience.
Support your child to build positive relationships with friends and family.
Help your child to relax. Teach them relaxation skills such as deep breathing.
Promote play and creativity among your child. Allow them to explore.
Support your child to build positive sleep habits. Develop a good sleep environment with your child.