Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. Often times when mental health is discussed, an adult’s mental health is what first comes to mind. While adults’ mental health is important, focusing on a child’s mental health is just as crucial. A child’s social and emotional learning, along with the positivity of their environment, will have a lifelong impact.
Below are links to many great sources of information on children's mental health as well as a look at the work the state is doing.
Governor's Office of Children's Initiatives - We want the next generation to thrive.
Ohio Bold Beginning! - Ohio's early childhood programs and services for children.
Ohio Family & Children First - Enhancing the well-being of Ohio’s children and families in our communities.
Children's Mental Health Resources
Ohio Department of Health - Talking to Kids about COVID-19
Mental Health America - Youth Mental Health
National Institute of Mental Health - Children and Mental Health
Mental Health Focused Activities
Beginning at their earliest stages of life, experiences and surroundings shape a child’s brain development. It’s critical for an early focus to be put on a child’s mental health in a positive living environment.
Check out this list of activities that focus on you child's mental health:
- Read a book or magazine
- Climb a tree
- Journal or write a letter
- Make a collage or scrapbook
- Go for a hike, walk, or run
- Drink water
- Play a board game
- Do something kind for someone
- Forgive, let go, move on
- Try yoga
- Play with your pet
- Take a nap
- Make a healthy snack
- Do a craft
- Create a glitter jar - Find a jar or bottle and decorate it how you'd like. Fill it 3/4 of the way with water. Add glitter, clear glue, food coloring, and shake. Be sure to seal the lid, and you are ready for some fun!