Mental health in kids ignored?

Children's Mental Health Week "spreads a little kindness"

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Children's Mental Health Week - spread a little kindness

The aim of Children's Mental Health Week this week is to spread a little kindness.

We've all known someone going through a tough time, and it can be hard to know what to do to help, especially where children are involved.

Headteacher of The Firs School in Chester Lucy Davies explains the importance of happiness in children reaching their potential educationally as well as some tips on how to recognise problems with your own child.

She said: "Children need to have three things to make them feel safe and happy.

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Mental Health Foundation

Children and young people

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

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