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Wellbeing for kids & teens

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As your kids get older, it’s natural to worry more about their mental health. There are lots of things in the world that could challenge their happiness, especially at the moment. But there are also lots of things we can do every day that will have a long-lasting positive effect on our kids’ wellbeing. It can even improve their behaviour in the short term, too.

Here are some tried and tested tips for supporting your family’s mental health and wellbeing.

Ways to support your kids if they seem less energetic than usual

Ways to support your kids if they’re struggling to tell you how they feel

Ways to support your kids if you think they feel nervous or anxious

Ways to support your kids if they’re misbehaving

Want to speak to someone about how you can help your kids?

Raising kids is a challenge for anyone, and we all need a little extra support sometimes. If you need to talk to someone, a great place to start is your child’s school. Ask to speak to their guidance or pastoral teacher: they’ll know your child and will be able to direct you to support available in your area. You could also talk to your GP, who’ll also be able to point you in the right direction for further support.

Young Minds also offers a helpline, email and web chat service for parents or carers who are worried about a child or young person’s mental health.

The Solihull Approach Online courses cover a range of topics and ages from pregnancy to 19+ years. There are also courses for teenagers themselves, and one about adult relationships. These courses are for everyone, for everyday parenting. They don’t tell you how to parent, that’s up to you. Instead they offer a way to understand what might be going on and space to think about how you want to respond.

You can find out more on the Solihull website and access the courses for free using the code TARTAN.