10 ways to promote good mental health in your kids


Last Friday (10th October) was World Mental Health Day which aims to promote emotional and social well-being in the community. Days like this remind us that it is important to take the time to think about what you need to do to look after yourself, but also what you can do to support the mental health of your children.

Research clearly shows that children who are mentally healthy are better able to meet life’s challenges, are better learners and have stronger relationships.

So what can you do?

There is quite a bit of literature out there on how we as parents can help promote good mental health and wellbeing in our kids. I have listed my top ten below:


Fish Food 28 – Strength and Resilience

Below is an extract from ‘KIdsMatter – Assisting children with anxiety problems’

“Introduce challenges gradually: Children build strength and resilience by learning to face challenges. It is important to begin with small challenges that children can meet.  For example, a child who is frightened of dogs might start by walking past the house when the dog is barking without having to cross the road.  This improves confidence for taking on more difficult steps.”