Create a sense of belonging. Building strong, positive relationships with children and key relationships is important to promoting mental wellness.
Promote resilience. Adversity is a natural part of life and being resilient is important to overcoming challenges and good mental health.
Develop competencies. Children need to know that they can overcome challenges and accomplish goals through their actions. Social competency is also important. Having friends and staying connected to friends and loved ones can enhance mental wellness.
Ensure a positive, safe environment. Feeling safe is critical to children's learning and mental health.
Promote positive behaviors such as respect, responsibility, and kindness.
Teach and reinforce positive behaviors and decision making.
Provide consistent expectations and support. “Catch” them being successful. Positive feedback validates and reinforces behaviors or accomplishments that are valued by others.
Encourage helping others. Children need to know that they can make a difference. Pro-social behaviors build self-esteem, foster connectedness; reinforce personal responsibility, and present opportunities for positive recognition. Helping others and getting involved reinforces being part of the community.
Encourage good physical health. Good physical health supports good mental health.
Ensure access to needed mental health supports. School psychologists, counselors, and social workers can provide a continuum of mental health services for children ranging from behavior supports to individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and referral for community services.
“It's up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.” ~Steve Maraboli~