Mental Health and Well Being

What do we mean by mental health?


We all have mental health. It affects how we think, feel and behave, and determines how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Our mental health can change over time. In the same way that sometimes we get physically sick with a cold or flu, sometimes we get mentally ill too.


You might also hear mental health called emotional health or wellbeing.  Talking about how we feel can help others speak out.


What good mental health in children looks like

Children with good mental health feel loved, safe and secure in their environments.

They also feel happy and positive about themselves most of the time.

They’re kind to themselves during tough times or when things don’t go the way they expect.
This means they feel OK about trying new or challenging things.

They enjoy life, learn well and get along well with family and friends.

And they can manage sad, worrying or angry feelings and bounce back from tough times.



Anna Freud - National Centre for Children and Families  


Talking Mental Health Animation  aims to give children:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and the difference between every day small feelings and a big feeling
  • Consistent and accessible language to talk about mental health
  • An understanding of how to be a good listener
The leaflet, You're Never Too Young To Talk Mental Health, provides simple advice and guidance to parents and carers about how to make conversations about their child's feelings part of everyday conversation.
Place2Be Parenting Smart 
Our Parenting Smart site is filled with a number of resources for parents and carers of 4-11 year olds. Our latest articles on supporting healthy gaming habits, developing a child's talent and safe social media for younger children can all be read or watched in under ten minutes. These are perfect for those with limited time.
Resources for Children
You can ask your child's teacher to print these resources for you.