How to create a mental health friendly home for your child

Providing a healthy environment at home where your child can openly discuss mental health can be one of the best ways to promoting their wellbeing. Not only are you able to develop your child’s problem-solving skills by coming up with solutions to their concerns but you are also creating a world where your children feel able to express themselves.

In this infographic we look at how to create a mental health friendly home for your child.

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  1. Create a safe nurturing environment where your child feels confident to talk openly about problems.
  2. When talking to your child listen to their needs. Be patient and understanding.
  3. Encourage your child to talk openly about new experiences and how they are thinking and feeling.
  4. Help your child to problem solve by coming up with solutions to worries.
  5. Create an environment where you involve your child in decisions.
  6. Encourage positive physical and mental health behaviours (e.g. regular self-care, good sleep habits, regular exercise).
  7. Educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  8. Be a role model who leads by example with their attitude and behaviour.
  9. Ask your child how you can help and support them with their wellbeing.
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