The past few months have been hard on everyone, including our kids. But there are lots of things we can do to support them at this time. Better Health - Every Mind Matters will help you find what's right for your children - whether it's listening to them talk about the challenges they're facing or helping them develop skills to cope with their emotions.
The NHS-approved advice includes:
Be there to listen: Ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings.
Stay involved in their life: Show interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
Support positive routines: Be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bed routines, healthy eating and getting active.
Encourage their interests: Being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests.
Take what they say seriously: help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.