We all need friends. Positive friendships are important for children’s mental health, as they provide a means of support and help to develop their social and emotional skills.

To have good friends, children need good friendship skills - like being able to communicate, cooperate, and manage feelings. Children need adults to help manage their friendships and improve these important skills.

Learn more about helping children to make good friendships below.

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers

School children