Children’s Mental Health Week
Children's Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health Week Awareness, Activities and Resources

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on everyone but Children have had a lot taken away from them. From school to seeing their friends and even their out-of-school activities, it has been a lot for them to take on and this has had an impact on them. Therefore, we believe that it is important to acknowledge and deal with the well being of Children.

Supporting the Mental Health of Children From Home

Children have spent the majority of the last year at home and they have suffered from boredom and loneliness. As a result, we need to make sure that we do everything we can to support them from home but how can we do that?

Communicate with them

Explain to children the importance of talking about how they feel. Whether they are angry, sad or experiencing other feelings, helping them to talk about it will enable them to share their worries and feel better about themselves.

Encourage them to do things they like 

Children might be suffering from a lack of motivation because of the situation they find themselves in. Despite this, you should do everything possible to encourage them to do the things that make them happy when they are feeling unhappy or sad. Whether it’s a walk, drawing, reading a book or making a phone call to friends. It’s important to make sure that they can do these things.

Keep a Routine

Children thrive on routine and familiarity because it keeps them feeling safe and secure. Therefore, you should do everything possible to ensure that you keep them in a routine as much as possible. Whether that’s going to bed at the same time, eating at the same time or exercising at the same time, routine gives them structure and something to focus on.

How Intuition Clubs Can Help With Homeschooling and Mental Health

Our tutors are aware of the impact of mental health, so they are constantly providing the support that Children need to ensure that they overcome any problems or challenges that they are facing. We make sure that we provide sessions that are both interactive and immersive, to help give Children something to inspire them. We are running activities to ensure that more awareness is raised around Children’s Mental Health in our sessions and through social media.

There are many options out there that can help to provide the support that Children need when it comes to mental health. There are the likes of Youngminds.org.uk and Place2b.org.uk.

If you are having problems with homeschooling then there is help available through Intuition Clubs. You can try us out for free as we offer free taster sessions for those who are looking to take advantage of our online tuition memberships. We cover years 1 to 9 and provide tutoring for Maths, English, Science, group and individual sessions, while we also cover 11+ exam preparation.

How we’ve made sure to include Children’s mental health awareness into our sessions

During the first week of February our tutors have been doing a great job at rolling out activities focused on building awareness of children’s mental health with our members. The activities have ranged from reflective ‘Letter’s to younger selves’ and ‘Kindness journals’ to comprehension tasks highlighting charities and activists of mental health. We believe that enlightening children on such crucial topics and encouraging them to be considerate of their own mental health is a huge step in the right direction towards a healthier and reflective society – but don’t just take our word for it!

Here is what our tutors had to say about the way the children responded to the work they had been taught over Children’s Metal Health Week:

We used a puppet to replicate conversations people should have. We discussed possible responses when a person is feeling doubt i.e. “I’ll never be as good as her.” S showed some real empathy and gave good suggestions such as ‘..we’re all good at different things and that makes us special..’ “

 

“We ready through the informative piece and it opened our discussion on things that make us feel better. ‘A’ mentioned art and music as soothing activities for himself when he needs a pick me up”

 

“I was impressed with how thoughtful her answers were. I could see she was really trying to reflect on times where she had felt similarly to make her answers relatable and helpful”.

 

“getting the children to record their kind acts of the day was really funny but also such a bright and refreshing way to start the session. The children were really excited when they took turns to read theirs out..”

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: May 10th – May 16ths

Mental Health Awareness week this year runs from the 10th to 16th May 2021, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme is ‘Nature’.

 

Why was Nature chosen as a theme?  

During these months of lockdown and isolation, nature has been one of the top coping strategies. Many of us, started going for daily walks in parks and connected with animals and the green spaces around us, with 45% of us reporting that being surrounded by nature had been vital for their mental health wellbeing. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that people started searching for wildlife live videos (which saw an increase in users by a staggering 2000%), as people started having time to connect again with nature around them, noticing and rediscovering it’s beauty and importance in supporting our mental wellbeing.

 

Science proves Nature improves our mental health.

Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to achieve good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we have lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits.

 

How spending time outdoors improves Children’s mental Health.

Studies have also demonstrated that it is a necessity for kids to be outdoors and in contact with nature, while some argue that even showing children pictures of nature can improve their wellbeing, those that spend the most time outdoors and in nature are happier, smarter, attentive and less anxious.

 

Benefits of playing in nature for kids:

  • It builds self-confidence, as outdoor play is often less structured than indoors, meaning kids are free to explore their surroundings.  
  • It encourages creativity and imagination as children can design their own games freely.
  • It teaches children responsibility and compassion, they will learn they’ll need to water plants to survive, take care of their pets, they will understand what happens when they cut a flower.
  • It provides different inputs and activates more senses, in nature children can ‘smell, see, hear, touch’, a very different environment from video games.
  • It is a way of doing some physical activity! Walking or hiking in nature is an amazing exercise for kids, which helps them be more focused.
  • It is a wonderland for children, which makes them think and be fascinated about life and various phenomenon around them.
  • It decreases stress and tiredness, in natural setting we use an ‘soft attention’ which creates fascination and positive feelings, the opposite of ‘direct attention’ which is linked to urban environments.

 

Share with us (on social media how you are connecting with nature and what it means to you) #ConnectWithNature, tag us @intuitionclubs.

Since January 2021, we have introduced Science as a free addition to our Maths and English online an in-centre memberships as we believe there are many benefits of children learning science in primary education. If you are interested in learning more about our new science curriculum or learning more about our Online or in centre memberships, you can contact us.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: May 10th – May 16ths

Mental Health Awareness week this year runs from the 10th to 16th May 2021, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme is ‘Nature’.

 

Why was Nature chosen as a theme?  

During these months of lockdown and isolation, nature has been one of the top coping strategies. Many of us, started going for daily walks in parks and connected with animals and the green spaces around us, with 45% of us reporting that being surrounded by nature had been vital for their mental health wellbeing. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that people started searching for wildlife live videos (which saw an increase in users by a staggering 2000%), as people started having time to connect again with nature around them, noticing and rediscovering it’s beauty and importance in supporting our mental wellbeing.

 

Science proves Nature improves our mental health.

Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to achieve good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we have lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits.

 

How spending time outdoors improves Children’s mental Health.

Studies have also demonstrated that it is a necessity for kids to be outdoors and in contact with nature, while some argue that even showing children pictures of nature can improve their wellbeing, those that spend the most time outdoors and in nature are happier, smarter, attentive and less anxious.

 

Benefits of playing in nature for kids:

  • It builds self-confidence, as outdoor play is often less structured than indoors, meaning kids are free to explore their surroundings.  
  • It encourages creativity and imagination as children can design their own games freely.
  • It teaches children responsibility and compassion, they will learn they’ll need to water plants to survive, take care of their pets, they will understand what happens when they cut a flower.
  • It provides different inputs and activates more senses, in nature children can ‘smell, see, hear, touch’, a very different environment from video games.
  • It is a way of doing some physical activity! Walking or hiking in nature is an amazing exercise for kids, which helps them be more focused.
  • It is a wonderland for children, which makes them think and be fascinated about life and various phenomenon around them.
  • It decreases stress and tiredness, in natural setting we use an ‘soft attention’ which creates fascination and positive feelings, the opposite of ‘direct attention’ which is linked to urban environments.

 

Share with us (on social media how you are connecting with nature and what it means to you) #ConnectWithNature, tag us @intuitionclubs.

Since January 2021, we have introduced Science as a free addition to our Maths and English online an in-centre memberships as we believe there are many benefits of children learning science in primary education. If you are interested in learning more about our new science curriculum or learning more about our Online or in centre memberships, you can contact us.

You can also read our blog, which highlights all the benefits of learning science from a young age here.

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