Mental health and wellbeing develops from birth. It impacts on all areas of a child's life, including the way they behave, learn and play.
 
Most people will experience mental health difficulties at some point in their life, including children. Research tells us that up to 20% of children from birth to school age experience mental health difficulties, and that these can persist into later life.
 
Component 4 focuses on understanding and responding to children who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
 
Studies [2MB] PDF (PDF) show that knowledge, understanding and early support can improve children's mental health and prevent difficulties from becoming worse. The earlier in life difficulties are addressed, the better chance a child has at improving their long-term mental health and wellbeing.
 

Relevant resources for educators and families:

Understanding mental health in early childhood

Understanding mental health in early childhood
Responding to children who may be experiencing mental health difficulties
How mental health difficulties effect children
Supporting children's mental health: Suggestions for families and staff
Understanding cildren's mental health: Resources for families and staff

Promoting children's mental health

Promoting mental health in early childhood
Risk and protective factors in early childhood
Supporting children's mental health: Suggestions for families and staff
Mental health promotion for children: Resources for families and staff

Keeping a balance: Managing feelings and behaviours

Keeping a balance: Managing feelings and behaviours
How self-regualtion difficulties affect children
Keeping a balance: Suggestions for families and staff
Keeping a balance: Resources for families and staff

When times get tough: Managing trauma and ways to recover

When times get tough
Managing trauma and ways to recover
Managing tough times: Suggestions for families and staff
Getting through tough times: Resources for families and staff

Getting help when it is needed

Getting help
Seeking help for children's mental health difficulties
Accessing support: Suggestions for families and staff
Where to go for help: Resources for families and staff