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Mental Health includes our emotional and social well-being, so it affects the way we think, feel and act. It can also determine how we manage stress, how we relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, right from childhood. If we experience mental health problems, our thinking, our mood and our behaviour can be affected.
Being mentally healthy means that we feel good about ourselves, make and keep positive relationships and feel that we can manage a range of emotions and feelings, such as excitement, happiness and curiosity, as well as managing anger, fear and sadness. Good mental health allows us to cope with the many issues of every-day life.
There may be times in our life when we may struggle with our good mental health and well-being.  There are so many areas of support available for children, parents, families and schools.
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Resources and Support Children Young People and Families Talking to Children about Illness Talking to Children about Feelings Supporting Children who are worried
This is a useful “toolkit” to help parents support their children:
The Five Ways to Well-Being
Our day to day habits are equally important for our physical and mental health. We can develop good and positive habits to help us nurture good mental health. At St. Barnabas, we promote these values every day.

It is always important to talk openly about mental health and to model good habits in front of children. If adults take care of their own mental health, it is easier for children to see what this looks like. 

Check out this great resource for information (The Mental Health Foundation)
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