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

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Session 4: A global view of children’s mental health and wellbeing

Introduction

Children’s mental health is a global issue. Wherever children live in the world, there are factors and influences within their society that impact on their mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is an example of an event that has impacted on the physical and mental health of children and their families around the world. As you explored in Session 1, the systems around the child have a profound impact on their wellbeing and, in turn, this impacts on their mental health – for good or bad. For instance, the effects of war, conflict and the influence of economic factors mean that migration of people from country to country is an ongoing issue; without resolutions to the conflicts that are causing people to be displaced from their homes, this is likely to continue. The migration of people is often reported in the media; however, the impact of migration on children is under-reported.

In this session, you will examine children’s wellbeing and mental health from a global perspective.

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

  • form an overview of the impact of a country’s geography and politics on children’s wellbeing
  • explore social, economic and cultural influences on children’s wellbeing and mental health
  • appreciate some of the effects of migration on children’s wellbeing and mental health
  • re-examine the role of resilience in helping children cope with difficult, dangerous and traumatic circumstances.

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