Mental Health Week 2023: Daily Dragonfly


Short videos for busy parents wanting to know how to support their child's mental health and wellbeing



Helping our children to manage feelings of anxiety - three tips to support them.

Anxiety is a normal feeling and actually has its uses. However, it's not a pleasant feeling and when children or young people often feel anxious or get 'stuck' in that feeling it can be very distressing for them. This short video offers three practical ways children or young people can manage these feelings.

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How helping our children ditch distractions can support their mental health and wellbeing.

Being in 'flow' is good for our mental health and wellbeing. That's when we are fully immersed in what we're doing and completely absorbed by it. If that's the case, it's not hard to see how constant interruptions and distractions can be bad for us. Here we offer some tips on ditching those distractions.

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Have you heard of autistic fatigue? It's a term that was created by autistic adults.

It helps us to understand how exhausting it can be for children or young people with autism to operate within the everyday norms and expectations faced in school. We offer some tips to help safeguard against autistic burnout, anxiety or depression.

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How knowing about the magic power of sleep, can make it a priority.

There's a secure evidence base now which tells us that the relationship between sleep and mental health is bi-directional [1]. This means that a lack of good quality sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health, but likewise, poor mental health can negatively impact your sleep.

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Have you  heard the phrase 'you are what you eat'?

What you eat is as important for your mental health as it is for your physical health. Saint Augustine is famously paraphrased as saying, ‘You are what you eat’. Of course, he was making reference to what we consume spiritually, and it is important to think carefully about what feeds us spiritually, emotionally, and mentally...but did you know that how we nourish ourselves with actual food can also have an impact on our mental health? 

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