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

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2.1 Within the child

It is crucial to view mental health concerns at an individual level, since not all children react or respond in a similar way. It is also important to look beyond the often generalised and negative issues raised by concerns such as the impact of the internet and social media on children’s mental health. However, the presence of some factors in the immediate system around the child are clearly beneficial to promoting good wellbeing and good mental health.

Play is an integral aspect of the everyday life of very young children. As you’ve seen, giving children opportunities to engage with play in different contexts is vital. Ensuring that children have access to outdoor play and activities is also highly beneficial in promoting wellbeing.

This is a photograph of four children on some play equipment.
Figure 7 Children need to play

You have considered the importance of giving children opportunities to develop resilience so they can thrive and develop self-esteem and confidence. Children can develop resilience in the face of adversity, especially if they have support from their family and professionals, such as teachers.