According to the World Health Organization, Emotional wellbeing has been defined as:
“A positive state of mind and body, feeling safe and able to cope, with a sense of connection with people, communities and the wider environment”.
Emotional wellbeing among children has become a key public health challenge nationally and internationally in the early years of the 21st century. Half of those with lifetime mental health problems will first experience symptoms by the age of 14 and three-quarters before their mid-20s. One in ten young people aged between 5 and 16 years have a diagnosed mental disorder such as conduct disorders, anxiety or depression, but early help can improve outcomes
The combination of the damaging consequences of emotional disorders, which can interfere with social, emotional and cognitive functioning, together with the worrying prevalence rates in children and young people are certainly a cause for concern. Developing good emotional health in children is therefore an important objective which has been emphasised in recent governmental initiatives and policies; in particular, schools have been identified as having an important role in promoting positive mental health in children. National drivers push for schools to take action to embed a whole approach to promoting emotional health and wellbeing. National policies supporting this include:
Building emotional resilience is an important approach to equipping children and young people with the skills they need to cope with adversity, solve problems, and to flourish in life academically and emotionally. Although schools are doing a lot to support pupils’ resilience, evidence shows that schools can further promote the resilience of their students. In Buckinghamshire, Public Health is committed to supporting schools through provision of funding to enable delivery of emotional resilience programmes in schools across Buckinghamshire.
The emotional wellbeing network has been set up to share national and local news, training opportunities and best practice usually through a regular newsletter.
We aim to produce one newsletter per term. If you would like to join the network please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Extensive Emotional wellbeing e-learning is available to all professionals that work with children and young people https://www.minded.org.uk/