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Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing
Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing

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Session 3: Mental health promotion and education

Introduction

On one hand, there are many complexities surrounding our understanding of children’s mental health and appreciating the reasons why a number of children are experiencing poor wellbeing and compromised mental health. On the other hand, it may also be helpful to recognise that there is a great deal that adults can do to improve children’s wellbeing, promote good mental health and consequently prevent serious and enduring mental health conditions in young children.

In this session, you will explore what is meant by ‘mental health promotion’ and how improvements in terms of education and understanding in relation to mental health can help us to support and promote mental wellbeing in children. You will also explore the foundations of ‘good mental health’, and the theories that underpin current beliefs and approaches.

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By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • understand what is meant by mental health promotion and education
  • explore some of the key ingredients of ‘good’ mental health in young children
  • reflect on the main components of attachment theory
  • consider the effects of attachment relationships on young children’s mental health and wellbeing
  • examine ways to prevent and minimise the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • have an awareness of how perseverance and resilience can be promoted in the early years.