Children’s Mental Health Week 2020
3rd – 9th February
One in ten children and youth struggle with mental illness. The most common mental health disorders among children involve depression and anxiety. However, research shows that an alarming 70 percent of children and youth with mental illness do not receive appropriate treatment.
The good mental health of children is key to their healthy development, happiness, and academic success. Moreover, children with good mental health are more resilient to stress, able to recognise and understand their own and other people’s feelings, manage emotions, experience empathy, and develop and maintain positive relationships.
Some of the factors that promote emotional wellbeing in children include good physical health, healthy family life, good social life, resilience, healthy lifestyle (enough sleep, healthy diet, and regular exercise), feeling loved, valued, and safe, taking part in activities in the community, and having hobbies and interests