In a Spring 2022 survey of parents with kids between ages six and 17 years, more than 50 per cent perceived that their child had needed help regarding their emotional or behavioural problems in the past six months.
Canada ranks 30th out of 38 wealthy nations in supporting the mental health and well-being of children. The need to invest in and prioritize mental health for children and young people is urgent.
Findings from a Victorian coroner’s report remind us we still don’t fully understand how problematic gaming ties into other factors in a person’s life.
Research shows that grandparents’ involvement in their grandchildren’s lives plays a critically important role in a child’s overall health and development.
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Models shows that some 4 million people in the US have lost a grandparent to COVID-19. But until now, there has been a dearth of research into the mental health effects of losing a grandparent.
Every student should have a trusted adult in the building and every teacher should be the coach of a given number of students.
Schools and teachers are reporting increased cases of ill-discipline and behavioural problems as a result of the challenges pupils experienced during the pandemic. Here’s what can be done.
Exposure to videos of disasters can trigger post-traumatic stress symptoms in some children.
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Children don’t have to be in physical danger for disaster images to have a powerful psychological impact.
Too much time studying isn’t good for you or your grades. The challenge is to find the best balance of study, sleep and other activity to improve learning without compromising well-being.
A widely reported study didn’t ring any alarm bells for children’s increasing screen time, but neither did it give heavy use of devices the all-clear.
Attention control theory holds that heightened anxiety impairs the efficiency of mental processes. For instance, stressing about something can make us lose focus on the task at hand.
Despite warnings about the impact of climate change on health, surprisingly little has been written about the mental health consequences of climate change for children.
Research shows climate change is already affecting the healthy psychological development of children worldwide. Children’s mental health risks will only accelerate as climate change advances.
Self-harm is often a response to mounting stress and uncertainty. So it’s not surprising rates have gone up during the pandemic. Self-harm can be a means to cope and establish control over emotions.
Dance and movement therapy not only holds promise for treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression but can also contribute lifelong coping skills.
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The COVID-19 pandemic and a growing global refugee crisis have shone a light on the ever-increasing need for new approaches to mental health treatment.
For children, the risks associated with school closures have surpassed the health risks associated with COVID-19.
Amid uncertainties about what the pandemic will look like this fall, experts answer questions about risks of infection in unvaccinated children and the risks of missing in-person school.
Noticing, validating and managing emotions is an important part of family health and wellness.
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A successful transition in September is a whole-family affair.
Play will be essential to give children space to work out anxieties, and will also provide many other social and cognitive benefits.
Communicating clearly with children and providing space for them to play will be vital during back-to-school and beyond as children manage stressors associated with COVID-19.
Treating children’s mental health symptoms, even without a diagnosis, can be beneficial.
Not every child with mental health difficulties has a diagnosis. An approach that focuses on symptoms rather than diagnostic labels can help support children who could benefit from treatment.
Children at St Edward’s CE Primary School in Rochdale Gtr Manchester use the school’s rabbits and other animals in their learning.
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From rabbits to maggots, school pets are common but we need to think of them as partners, not resources
Whether just comfortable at home or nervous about leaving, kids may need extra support to get back out there.
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After more than a year of isolation and empty schedules, some kids might be apprehensive or anxious about interacting with the outside world. Psychology experts provide tips to ease the transition.
Children need a chance to rest and recharge this year more than ever.
Summer programmes should focus on physical activity, socialising, and being creative – not school work.
Through creativity, children make sense of the world.
Art can be a way to promote and support mental health in children, and understanding children’s experiences through the pandemic as seen through children’s art may help support them into the future.
Anxiety about starting school is common – among both children and parents. This can be for many reasons, but it’s useful to keep in mind exposure to our fears helps reduce anxiety.