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Children's Mental Health Week

Monday, February 4, 2019

Today is the start of Children's Mental Health Week. 

The 4th - 10th February 2019 is a week dedicated to Children's Mental Health, encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds. 

We at Arhag believe that the wellbeing of not only our residents, but everyone is important, and taking time to take care of your physical and mental well-being is vital.  

The Children's Society found that strong family relationships make the biggest difference to children's well-being. They have put together a list of top tips for communicating with your teenager, nuturing your relationship and encouraging clear communication. 

Spend unstructured time together. 
It can be difficult when you're busy, but spending time doing nothing with your child, without multitasking, is really important. 

Sit down together for a meal at least a few times a week to chat. 
If you can't eat together, sit down and talk over a cup of tea. 

Enter their world and ask questions about it. 
See a film of their choice; browse the websites they are visiting; watch their favorite TV show with them. Be careful not to just dismiss everything they're consuming: get them to think about the messages behind what they are watching. Why do the people in adverts, or on TV reality shows, look the way they do? Does it reflect real life? How are people behaving on TV, is that right? 

Don't be deterred. 
Sometines, teenagers don't want to talk to their parents about what's bothering them, but you shouldn't always take no for an answer. Make sure you understand what's happening from their point of view and how its making them feel. It can be helpful for parents to then put things in perspective, but listen carefully before jumping in. 

Don't belittle their worries. 
If it's important in your child's life, then it's important. 

Give it time. 
Worrying or difficult behaviour can be simply while they are adjusting to a change in their life or trying out new emotions and it will often pass. 

If you are worried about your child, don't panic, there is lots of excellent support out there. You can make contact with: 

Praxis Community Proects (Health & Wellbeing)

Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO) (Support for Women)

The Children's Society 

Action for Children

The NHS and your GP 

Join in on the discussion online using the Hash Tag #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek