Avon Fire & Rescue Service proudly support Place to Be in raising awareness of the importance of maintaining good mental health at every stage in development. During their Children’s Mental Health week campaign, we shared many great resources over our social media streams to help you discuss mental health with the children and young people in your life.
Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them, however 1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.
Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or a carer, there are resources for everyone at the links below to help you get the conversation around metal health started.
Talking to your child about how they’re feeling can be hard. Advice from Young Minds can help you create a relaxed space to start that conversation.
If you're worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19), the NSPCC has great advice to help you support them.
Help your family to be kind to their minds and get advice on how to boost your child’s confidence from Childline.
Use Barnardo’s Wellbeing Hub’s resources, tools & videos to help you focus on yours and your family's emotional wellbeing.
Every mind matters - NHS
There are times when we all feel the strain. The NHS have ways to support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.
Getting you and your family more active doesn’t have to mean running marathons or training every day at the gym. There are lots of different things you can do and Mind have some great tips to help you get started.
The Children's Society
We live in a world with many sources of stress which can have a negative impact on our mental health. Help the young people in your life cope with stress with advice from The Children’s Society.
Action for Children
Writing things down can have can help children and young people express what they’re feeling. Action for Children have great toolkits to help young people get writing.
Firefighter Craig and Fido
Firefighter Craig and Fido say ‘It’s OK not to be OK’. Here are ten 10 examples to share with the children and young people in your life.
- It's OK to be saf or worried sometimes
- It's OK to be angry sometimes
- It's OK to be good to yourself
- It's OK to listen, be heard and ask questions
- It's OK to share and be honest
- It's OK to share or 'pass'
- It's OK to disagree but we will always be kind
- It's OK to change your mind
- It's OK to feel safe because what is said does not get repeated
- It's OK to ask for information or help