Can we help?
At St John's we know that life may be tricky at the moment and we would like to help in some way if we can.
We will be posting ideas for both children and parents in order to help .
We will try to signpost you to others who may also help.
Top tips to support children and young people
Be there to listen
Regularly ask how they're doing so they get used to talking about their feelings and know there's always someone to listen if they want it. Find out how to create a space where they will open up
Support them through difficulties
Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties. It's not always easy when faced with challenging behaviour, but try to help them understand what they're feeling and why.
Stay involved in their life
Show interest in their life and the things important to them. It not only helps them value who they are but also makes it easier for you to spot problems and support them.
Encourage their interests
Being active or creative, learning new things and being a part of a team help connect us with others and are important ways we can all help our mental health. Support and encourage them to explore their interests, whatever they are.
Take what they say seriously
Listening to and valuing what they say, without judging their feelings, in turn makes them feel valued. Consider how to help them process and work through their emotions in a more constructive way.
Build positive routines
We know it still may not be easy, but try to reintroduce structure around regular routines, healthy eating and exercise. A good night's sleep is also really important – try to get them back into routines that fit with school or college.
These are some websites with lots of ideas and guidance for Children's Mental Health Week which starts on Monday 1st February
Children's Mental Health Week toolkits
Children’s Mental Health Week begins on 1st February, and the theme this year is ‘express yourself’. These toolkits include resources for children, staff and parents.