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What is emotional health and wellbeing?

​​​​​​​​​​Emotional health and wellbeing​

Emotional health and wellbeing ​is an important aspect of our overall health.

F​eeling good about ourselves and being emotionally well is linked to our ability to make better and healthier choices in day-to-day life. ​​

Watch a video about young people's thoughts on e​motional health and wellbeing

Signs of good emotional health

If your child has a good level of emotional health, most of the time they:

  • are able to have fun
  • can be creative
  • can learn new skills and information
  • know when things are right and wrong
  • can enjoy their own company
  • care about other people and how they feel
  • can make positive choices
  • wonder about things and ask questions
  • can face problems and learn from them
  • can cope with change and difference
  • can make and keep friends​


​Signs that a young person needs support

If you're worried your child is going through a difficult time, they might show the following signs:

  • not eating and sleeping as well as usual
  • spending less time with their friends
  • spending less time doing things they enjoy
  • mood swings
  • not doing well at school
  • struggling to make it to school
  • feeling bad about themselves or their life​

What to do​​

If your child is showing any of the above, you could:

  • talk to them
  • talk about their strengths with them
  • ask them to talk to someone they trust​
  • contact an organisation that can help

How you can help support your child's emotional health​

Organisations that can help wi​th your child's emotional health​

Practical advice for parents about young people's drug use

Practical advice for parents about ​self-harm​

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