Walk and Talk Event

153 schools across Essex signed up to the Walk and Talk event, a chance for children to get outdoors and speak to each other. Watch the video to find out how the children found it.

There is a lot of uncertainty in the world at the moment, but providing a safe space to have a conversation can help them open up.

1 in 6 children aged 5-16 likely to have a mental health problem, and in the last three years, the likelihood of young people having a mental health problem has increased by 50%. Now, five children in a classroom of 30 are likely to have a mental health problem.

Physical exercise has been proven to reduce depression, lower stress and anxiety levels, lift moods, increase energy levels, boost concentration, improve sleep and increase your self-esteem and confidence. Whether it is going for a brisk walk, running for 15 minutes, or doing some light yoga as a family, positive movement is crucial in helping everyone achieve a positive mental wellbeing.

For younger children play can be a great way to help them talk about their worries, or give them a good distraction when they’re upset. Active play is a great way for parents/carers to learn and understand the way their child is feeling, whilst also boosting their activity levels, energy levels and lifting their mood.

Schools

While rates of poor mental health do increase as children get older, early intervention is key in giving young people the best start in life. Encouraging pupils to get active, and providing a safe environment for children to open up is vital. There are many initiatives to adopt and help young people get active for their physical and mental wellbeing. Visit our pages here.

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Parents/Carers

It's hard to watch young people struggle and it's even harder to not know how to help them. Simple things like getting outside, creating a safe environment for them to open up or getting them moving are all great ways to improve their mental wellbeing. If you'd like some ideas on what to do with your child or ways to encourage them to get active, click here.

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