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Mental health for children

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Mental health for children
During the first week of the month of February 2019, Place 2 Be, a leading national children’s health charity in the United Kingdom is organising conferences about mental health affecting children. This year’s theme is about being “Healthy: Inside and Out.”
While the whole world advocates, educates and raises awareness about mental health and related issues on the 10th October each year, Place 2 Be focuses on children’s mental health during this whole week from the 4th of February to the 10th of February.
Often, it happens that while focusing on mental health of adults and teenagers, we forget that our children are also prone to having mental health issues. Contrary to what people may normally think, mental health is not only about being unstable, but it is about dealing with many other issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders.
While we may encourage our children to do physical activities and join clubs, it is also important that their emotional needs are met. Their emotional well-being is as much important as their physical well-being. The first step is to pay attention and recognize small changes in our child’s behavior and attitude. As parents, we need to create a healthy and open environment where they could feel empowered to speak up about issues which are disturbing them.
The situation in Mauritius
In an interview to Rising News,  Miss Kaleyvani Sawmy, clinical psychologist, stated that while it is essential for children to perform physical activities and join kids’ clubs, it is also important for their emotional needs to be met. Their emotional well-being is as important as their physical well-being. The first step is to pay attention and recognize small changes in our child’s behavior and attitude. As parents, we need to create a healthy and open environment where they could feel empowered to speak up about issues which are disturbing them. She also declared that nowadays parents are more aware of various issues affecting child development and that the talk about mental health starts at home.

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