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Saturday 22 July 2017

Youth mental health and wellbeing information to share with parents

The Ministry of Education has recently updated the wellbeing page on its parents’ website, which includes links to parent-focused information and resources and outlines how to get help for young people going through difficult times.

There has been a lot of public discussion about youth mental health recently and we would really appreciate you sharing this information with your parents, caregivers and whānau.

Parents are encouraged to regularly check in with their children about how they are doing and the things going on in their lives. If a parent is concerned about their child, there is good information at https://parents.education.govt.nz/mental-health.

You may like to also include contact details for your school’s pastoral care team so parents know who to contact if they are concerned about their child’s wellbeing at school.

Sparklers

Another good resource is Sparklers, which provides wellbeing activities for primary students. Canterbury’s All Right? project created Sparklers which outlines 36 activities that all teachers can use to help their year 1–8 students feel calmer, happier, and more ready to learn.

The activities take between 10 minutes and one hour, are aligned with the school curriculum and cover a wide range of wellbeing topics, including managing emotions, living in the moment, being grateful and showing kindness.

To find out more about Sparklers, visit www.allright.org.nz/sparklers.