Emotional Wellbeing



Noticing Symptoms

It is crucial for parents and carers to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate their child is experiencing mental health difficulties. By recognising these signs early on, you can provide the necessary support and guidance for your child's emotional wellbeing.

  • Look out for changes in behaviour, such as irritability, withdrawal, or excessive worry.
  • Pay attention to any significant changes in sleep patterns or appetite.
  • Notice if your child appears to be struggling with their schoolwork or has a decreased interest in activities they used to enjoy.
  • Keep an eye on any physical complaints (such as headaches or stomach aches) that may be related to emotional distress.

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Guide for Talking with Your Child about Their Mental Health

Open communication plays a vital role in supporting your child's mental health. Here are some helpful suggestions for discussing their emotional wellbeing:

  • Choose a comfortable and quiet setting to have a conversation.
  • Be patient and listen attentively without judgement.
  • Encourage your child to express their feelings and validate their emotions.
  • Avoid dismissing or minimising their concerns; instead, acknowledge their experiences.
  • Offer reassurance and let them know that it's okay to ask for help.
  • Be prepared to seek professional guidance if needed.

Mental Health Toolkit

In addition to the resources mentioned above, consider creating a mental health toolkit for your child. This toolkit can include:

  • Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises or guided meditations.
  • Journaling prompts for emotional expression and reflection.
  • Positive affirmations to boost self-esteem and resilience.
  • Contact information for helplines or crisis support services, both local and national.

By combining these valuable resources, maintaining open communication, and providing relevant support, you can play a crucial role in promoting your child's mental health and wellbeing. Remember, seeking professional help when needed is always a wise decision.


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