When a child experiences difficulties in attending school, the impacts can be far-reaching for both the child and their family. Various terminology is used to describe school non-attendance (SNA), such as ‘Emotionally based school non-attendance’ and ‘emotionally-based school avoidance’ (EBSA). Often researchers and educators distinguish between truancy and EBSA; however,
Humans seek social contact and meaningful connection with others. When there is a discrepancy between our individual need for social contact and the actual contact we are getting, we may experience feelings of loneliness. Loneliness is often a concept only associated with adults, however people of all ages can experience
Overcoming challenges and setbacks can be difficult for children and young people (as well as adults), however it can really help to boost their resilience and to help them bounce back from struggles they encounter. We share out tips on supporting children to develop the emotional skill of resilience in
The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Growing Together’, which encourages children (and adults) to reflect on their emotional growth and how they can support others to grow too. We share our thoughts on this important topic here in our Growing Together Blog. Growing Emotionally We are
Young people’s emotional well-being is of equal importance to their physical health, and being able to understand their mental health is vital. Our Understanding Mental Health for Young People resource explains what is meant by mental health and how to recognise mental health difficulties, as well as providing guidance on
Evidence strongly suggests that being connected to nature helps us to flourish by improving our mental and physical health. We explore the psychological and physical wellbeing benefits of nature on our Nature and our Mental Health Resource, and also outlines suggestions for how you can connect with nature to better
There is a very close connection between sleep and mental health; poor mental health can cause sleep difficulties, and poor sleep can have a negative effect on our mental health. Our resource explores this relationship further and covers key guidance on improving sleep quality. For further advice and resources to
Visualisation exercises and goal setting can be very effective strategies to boost your wellbeing, both by helping you to regulate your emotions, as well as promoting feelings of security, positivity, and achievement. Our Visualisation and Goal Setting resource explores the positive impact visualisation can have for supporting our mental health,
Protecting and supporting our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. This resource is a guide to improving your mental wellbeing by identifying and tackling triggers for stress and anxiety and by implementing positive and effective strategies for prioritising your mental health.
Did you know that your brain releases happiness chemicals that help to make you feel good? In our Daily Dose of Happiness resource, we explore the role of each of the four happiness chemicals, how deficiency can impact your wellbeing, and how to utilise practical strategies to naturally increase happy
Resources for Adults Samaritans – You can access confidential emotional support at any time from Samaritans either by calling 116 123 or emailing email@example.com Mental Health Foundation – 10 minute mindfulness practice exercise narrated by Mindfulness expert, Professor Mark Williams, and features a series of breathing and visualisation techniques. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/mindfulness-10-minute-practice-exercise Resources for Young People
Taking a few moments each day to practice mindful breathing is proven to help relax your body, calm your mind, and support your wellbeing. These exercises are also useful methods of self-regulation, which is the way we manage our behaviours, emotions and our thoughts – particularly those emotions that can
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment and paying attention to your thoughts and feelings, and to your environment. We explore the many significant benefits of mindfulness for our mental health and wellbeing, and share practical ideas for incorporating mindfulness techniques in your daily routine.
Our What to Expect from Your Child’s Occupational Therapist (OT) resource provides a helpful overview of what your child’s OT will explore with you and your child in order to understand and support your child’s sensory needs, and the process of Occupational Therapy Services at Psychology Associates.
Burnout is the feeling of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion, and can be caused by prolonged experiences of relentless stress without adequate and healthy coping strategies or helpful support. Our Recovering from and Preventing Burnout Resource outlines the key symptoms and impacts of burnout, as well as sharing our guidance