Mental Health Awareness for Youngsters in Studley

Mental Health Awareness Youngsters at a Studley nursery are learning about how important relationships are when it comes to mental health.

Bright Kids Nursery on The Slough, Studley is taking part in Mental Health Awareness Week by talking about relationships and friendships.

The week, which takes place from May 16 – 22, is based around the theme of relationships this year as organisers say it is fundamental to our health and well being.

Charmaine Leach, manager at the nursery, said they are trying to get that important message across to children this week.

“We are going to be encouraging the children to talk about their feelings and they will be looking at relationships and friendships,” she said.

“The connections we all make with other people can enhance our well being, and it is good for the children to understand how mental illnesses can affect us.”

A spokesperson for the Mental Health Foundation, which organises the national week, said that people cannot flourish as individuals and communities without relationships.

“They are as vital as better-established lifestyle factors, such as eating well, exercising more and stopping smoking,” he said.

“Good relationships help us live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems.”

The Mental Health Foundation are keen to encourage the public to get involved, and have a look at the relationships they have.

“We are asking everyone to go the extra mile in prioritising their relationships,” he said.

“We are calling on people to make a relationship resolution to assess how much time we actively commit to building and maintaining good relationships, and to ask whether we can invest more in being present with and listening to friends, family and colleagues.”

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