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What is Mental Health?

We all have mental health just as we all have physical health, and we need to take care of it in order to function at our best and prevent ill-health. Good mental health is about experiencing positive psychological and emotional well-being. When you feel good mentally, you feel much more able enjoy life.


We can all experience times when we feel less able to deal with daily stresses and stressful situations. This is a normal part of being a human being. It is when we frequently find the ways we’re thinking, feeling or reacting difficult, or even impossible to cope with that this becomes a mental health problem, and even a mental illness. 

Mental health problems are health conditions that are characterised by alterations in thinking, mood or behaviour, but good mental health is more than simply the absence of these difficulties.

Click on the link below to find information videos which help us all understand mental health more.

Taking time to plan ways to build your own mental wellbeing and helping your child to do the same can make a big difference to how you feel and function. These include:

  • Meeting your essential needs such as getting enough rest and sleep;
  • Making time for yourself;
  • Connecting with family and friends;
  • Doing things that make you happy;
  • Encouraging a positive outlook in yourself and others, try to avoid over thinking and comparisons with others.
  • Exercising regularly;
  • Limiting your intake of alcohol, sugar, cigarettes and other drugs

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is a vital part of good mental health and wellbeing.  Primary aged children need 9-12 hours per day.  A lack of sleep can adversely affect children's ability to concentrate and learn in class and contributes to poor mental health.  Click below to read a useful guide for parents about sleep.

Healthy Eating

Eating healthily is an important way to maintain good physical and mental health. The following website link provides lots of help, advice and tips to ensure that you and your family are eating healthily.

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