This week, between the 4th and 10th of February 2019 marks Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 and the focus is aimed at being healthy not only on the outside, but on the inside. This was first launched in 2015 to highlight the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now, in its fifth year running there is strong emphasis on spreading the word and encouraging more people to get involved in whatever way they can.
Often when we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies through our physical wellbeing. Eating healthily, exercising and staying active, making sure we get enough sleep. However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our mental wellbeing too.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.
The links between our minds and our bodies are considerably close. When we improve our physical wellbeing, we are actually improving our mental wellbeing at the same time.
Research released by Place2Be recently suggests that 56% of children, including young adults say they worry all the time about something. This includes their education, their home life, themselves generally. Children who get less sleep are more likely to struggle with anxiety. Lack of sleep can affect a child’s concentration, cognitive functions as well as the ability to process and retain information. It is time that the taboo that often accompanies mental health is cast aside and awareness is raised as to its importance. We at Solent Youth Services are happy to spread the word and support this amazing cause.