7 Summary of Session 8
Children’s mental health is a cause for global concern. It is thought in England alone that 10% of children aged 5–16 have a diagnosable mental health disorder that will require professional support. However, many causes that can lead to compromised mental health in children can start at conception, and it is important not to overlook the importance of the 0–2 year age group. Therefore, we need to increase awareness of how good mental health can be promoted in early childhood.
It is important that adults – both parents and professionals – are equipped to understand, identify and become more knowledgeable about the prevention and causes of children’s mental health. Increasing knowledge and understanding of the role of adults in supporting children’s mental health is vital to reverse the trend of increasing numbers of children who are being diagnosed with a mental health condition.
You should now be able to:
- explain why it is important to support young children to develop healthy approaches to screen time
- summarise the ways that the systems around children can support their mental health and wellbeing
- identify your role in supporting young children’s health and wellbeing.