Some people may be surprised to hear the term ‘mental health’ being applied to young children. Mental health - like physical health - is something we all have. Like physical health, it can range from good to poor, and can also change over time.
Good mental health helps us form positive relationships with others, handle ups and downs, and generally enjoy life. With good mental health, children can feel confident and be more open to trying and learning new things.
Mental health doesn’t mean being happy all the time. We all know what it’s like to be sad, angry, afraid, or upset, and everyone will experience a range of these feelings. Sometimes these can lead to difficulties for children to manage. Because children grow and change so quickly, the way they experience mental health, and the support they need from adults, can be quite different depending on their age.