Mental illness is often thought of only as an adult concern. But about half of mental illnesses begin to reveal themselves in childhood. What is the state of children’s mental health and how is it different from that of adults?
This "Worry Tree" is a poster I would love to hang in my classroom. It is a resource I think students could refer to, when needed, to help them regulate their emotions and deal with their "problems" in an effective way. Eventually, they will be able to follow this process on their own, and develop their emotional competence - which is an important skill that underlies positive mental health (Reinke et al., 2011).
This "Goodbye Letter" outline can be a great tool for a child to get out what they want to say before a loved one dies. A child may feel speechless and unsure how to proceed so going over these prompts with another adult beforehand may make them feel confident enough to express their feelings. They may not even have to give this letter to the loved one directly but it can open up other conversations and though processes.