Being kind to others makes us feel good – should be promoted in classrooms – Small acts of kindness
Aspects from today’s society that could impact children’s mental health:
- family breakdown
- pressure to have access to money and perfect lifestyle
- materialist culture influences young people
- social networking
- body image source of distress
- bulling/cyber bullying
- sexual pressures
- violence in many countries
Mental health impacts many areas of children’s development – good mental health could support: enjoyment, deal with stress, learn better, navigate the online world and create new friendships/experiences
1/10 children in a classroom will have negative mental health – therefore teachers need to be aware of this so can support the child
Risk Factors (Public health England, 2016:5)
There are many factors that could impact children’s mental health and a vital area for teachers to focus their attention to is the school category
Only 25% of children are treated for mental health are, 60% of children who are looked after have a form of emotional or mental health issues therefore early intervention and plans are needed to support the children.
There are many ways that teachers can impact children mental health and the main aspect is resilience and the adjoining image shows ways which could support
DfE 2014 – Guidance relating to children mental health – because there are broad areas of need to support children
Currently a large influence via the Government to support mental health at a younger age – increase funding and focus. BBC
Early Intervention is key to support mental health so then people can act accordingly.
Everton – TacklingBlues :
A community based approach which supports children with Mental health and incorporates sports and also focused groups – based in schools 6-16yrs
One method used by blues is ’emoji bingo’ – opens discussion based around the chosen emoji’s – can be used as a form of assessment to identify what children are feeling over periods of time and to see improvements/areas for concern
Another way is asking children to identify what makes them feel certain ways (inside the Pepsi bottle) the bottle is then shaken and the children identify what emotions come from the areas inside – then the bottle is opened and the children identify the link between what is inside the bottle and what stems from this
Worry boxes are an ideal approach to support children in decreasing emotional and mental health illnesses as it will support children in speaking about their problems so support can then be put into place.
Following this information, in a seminar, we discussed specific areas where mental health occurs in children and how this could impact children’s education. The group I engaged with discovered the following:
On some occasions it is difficult to identify how to help children, in particular when children are facing bereavements or moving home/school.
- Small acts of kindness could make a difference within children from peers or adults.
- Schools have an important role when supporting children in this area.
I believe that mental health in children should be an aspect that is thought off vastly in schools because if it is ignored the implications could affect children’s development in many areas. Based on my professional development I would like to develop some ideas/practices that could support children with mental health illnesses.