Post Content

Mental_health_awarenessSince 1949, May has been officially recognized as Mental Health Month.  The first Thursday in May is celebrated as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth.

Over the next week, the Partnership for Early Childhood Mental Health, (which includes the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission) invites all state employees to take a pledge to nurture a child’s social and emotional development. Enter your pledge and state email address at www.ecmhmatters.org, in the “for families and friends” section, and you will be included in a raffle to win an Early Childhood Mental Health Matters t-shirt. 

 Why take the Hero of Hope Pledge?

 Early childhood mental health means that young children are growing in their ability to understand and share feelings, have close and positive relationships, and explore and learn. Studies show that good social and behavioral skills in young children lead to good academic performance in the 1st grade and beyond.


Like adults, all children experience stressful events which can affect them emotionally and physically. Parents and other caregivers can help children cope with stress in healthy ways. Even the youngest child will benefit from simple, every day activities that will provide her with security, safety, and a loving environment, be this at home, at childcare or at school. 

Mental health awareness_OneinFour 

Help the child or children in your life develop their ability to cope with stress. Nurture healthy social and emotional development in babies and young children. Here are some things you can do:

       
 

 

For Babies and Toddlers

  • Rock, stroke, soothe and cuddle often.
  • Use words of comfort to calm.
  • Allow babies freedom to explore in safety.
  • Encourage toddlers to calm themselves.
  • Help your child to recognize feelings and develop language to express emotions.
  • Help your child stick to a daily routine.

 

 

For Preschoolers and Older Children

  • Spend time every day talking, discussing and sharing what's happening in your child's life.
  • Discuss what it means to be a friend and help your child to make friends
  • Practice effective ways to resolve conflict at school or on the playground.
  • Praise completed tasks, perseverance, desired behavior.
  • Build on developing an emotional vocabulary and how to label feelings.
  • Model and teach attitudes of empathy and ways of caring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written By:


Recent Posts

DTA Adds the New England Aquarium to its Cultural Partnership Program posted on Feb 23

DTA Adds the New England Aquarium to its Cultural Partnership Program

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) announced that the New England Aquarium joined the list of more than a dozen top educational and cultural institutions statewide that offer free or reduced access. DTA’s Cultural Partnerships provides individuals and families an opportunity to visit partnering institutions   …Continue Reading DTA Adds the New England Aquarium to its Cultural Partnership Program

Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire posted on Feb 17

Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire

If you tried, you probably could hear a pin drop in the room. On a February evening, during a special visit to the Department of Youth Services (DYS) Metro Pre-Trial Detention Unit, nearly a dozen young men sat attentively and completely absorbed in the words   …Continue Reading Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire

DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters posted on Feb 8

DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) begins 2017 with the addition of 15 staff members dedicated to recruiting foster parents across the state. DCF created the foster care recruiter positions as part of the system-wide reform initiated in September 2015 by the Baker-Polito Administration   …Continue Reading DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters