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Good day at school - Catherine Roche, Chief Executive

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Last week (8-14 February) was Children’s Mental Health Week, and the theme was ‘building resilience’.

This was the theme of the In Conversation lunch: Building resilience into our society through business, sport and education, at last year’s Good Day At Work Conversation.

Chief Executive of children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, and panel member at that lunch session, Catherine Roche, shares some advice on how we can all help to prepare children and young people for the challenges that life brings.

Good day at school

Life often throws challenges our way. It could be the death of a close family member or friend, a serious illness, the loss of a job or the breakdown of a relationship. ‘Resilience’ means our ability to cope with these events.

Just like adults, children can also face challenges in life. And just like you or I might find it difficult to concentrate on our work when there’s something worrying us, children can find it difficult to focus on their learning when there’s something on their mind.

The important thing is that as adults, we can help children to develop the skills to cope. Through our experiences, we develop new knowledge and perhaps new coping skills. So instead of ‘bouncing back’ from a stressful situation, you might say we can actually ‘bounce forward’.

As parents, carers, relatives or friends, we can all play a role in helping to prepare children for the difficult times that life brings. Every child and family’s circumstances are different, but you may find these simple tips helpful to build a child’s resilience:

Be a role model

Let them know it is perfectly normal to feel upset or angry sometimes. As a parent, you can be an emotional role model for your children by showing them how to behave when you’re frustrated or upset – although we know this isn’t always easy!

Keep some balance

Make time for fun and “down time” with your children to help keep some balance. This is also a great opportunity to enjoy some time listening and playing with your child.

Allow children to learn from mistakes

Allow your child to learn from their own mistakes with support. Giving them age appropriate freedoms will help them learn their own limits, and show you trust them to make appropriate decisions.

Get professional advice

Get advice and support – if you’re worried that something has changed with your child, talk to your GP or someone at your child’s school.

By Catherine Roche, Chief Executive, Place2Be

Find more advice and ways to support the campaign here.  

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