Zakynthos Informer in co-operation with the private English school “English Studies” in Ambelokipi, and the British Vice Consulate are trying to raise awareness of mental health.
World Mental Health day will be on Saturday 10th October, 2020 this year and our aim is to get teachers to talk to children about mental health and for them to express themselves through drawing pictures.
How can one talk to a child about mental health?
We can explain to our children that everyone feels sad at times in their life, but depression is when that sadness starts to interfere with daily life. The sadness becomes overwhelming and lasts for a longer period of time.
As a child ages, their knowledge and understanding grows, and their questions evolve, At that point, the conversation can deepen.
There is no age too young to start the conversation, but, of course, how you talk to your 13-year-old will be different than how you talk to your toddler. Don’t overwhelm young children with statistics and definitions. Describe symptoms in an age-appropriate way. Use age-appropriate language when discussing any topic with your child. They may know someone who is sick or feeling very sad. Weave the narrative of mental illness into something they know or have witnessed.
The British Vice Consulate has come up with an idea this year to get as many children involved. A drawing competition has been planned and the winner will receive a certificate of achievement. If your child is not participating and would like to please send your drawings to:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline will be Wednesday 14th October, 2020. 10.00a.m
Some of Images used for this blog are from the following link:- https://www.freepik.com you may wish to click on the link to get some ideas for your child’s drawing.
Main feature picture from https://www.freepik.com