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šŸ§ Focusing on Mental Health | Assembly Theme

Nurturing our mental health is just as crucial as caring for our physical well-being. Your mental health shapes how you navigate life – affecting your emotions, thoughts, and actions. It also plays a huge part in your relationships with your family, community, colleagues, and friends.


What's mental health?

We all have mental health. Your mental health affects how you feel, think and act. It refers to your emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. Your mental health can change daily and over time and can be affected by a range of factors. It’s important to look after your mental health, as you would look after your physical health. Your state of well-being affects how you cope with stress, relate to others, and make choices. It also plays a part in your relationships with your family, community, colleagues, and friends.

Good mental health among children and young people

When children and young people have good levels of well-being it helps them to:

  • Learn and explore the world
  • Feel, express, and manage positive and negative emotions
  • Form and maintain good relationships with others
  • Cope with, and manage, change, setbacks, and uncertainty
  • Develop and thrive.

When children and young people look after their mental health and develop their coping skills, it can help them to boost their resilience, self-esteem, and confidence. It can also help them learn to manage their emotions, feel calm, and engage positively with their education - which can, in turn, improve their academic attainment.