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How To Explain Mental Health To A 5-Year-Old

Mental health education has been somewhat of a controversial topic, but really, it shouldn’t be. From a young age, students are taught about physical education. Later on, during primary years, students are taught about sexual education. This education is all relative. The main goal is to teach students about themselves and how to take care of their bodies. Why shouldn’t students be taught about their minds and how to care for that aspect of them? Emotional well-being is just as important as physical well-being. It’s never too early to start teaching children about both.

1. Teach students about bullying

Bullying has become increasingly prevalent in schools today, especially cyber-bullying. Explaining to young students what bullying is and how to recognize it is a good first step. Reinforcing the notion that bullying is never okay is the next step. Once students are able to recognize what bullying is, they can learn from their personal experiences in school, and they are able to teach their friends about what they are learning. Bullying has been associated with self-injury and suicide in young, elementary aged children. That leads to the next topic associated with this…

2. Teach students about asking for help

It’s important to teach children about asking for help when they are being bullied or they see a peer being bullied. Teaching students about reaching out to a trust adult, whether that be a parent or teacher, is a first step in teaching children about positive ways to handle tough situations. Another situation to teach a child about asking for help is during or after a traumatic event. Traumatic events can, and often do, have a lasting impact on young children.

3. Teach students about communication

Communication is a skill that needs to be taught as early on as possible. Communication is a key that will be used throughout the student’s life. Teaching a young student about effective communication starts early on. They need to be able to communicate with their peers in a healthy and successful manner. Along with teaching about communication, you can discuss with a young student why violence is never the answer to solving a problem.

Oftentimes, people scoff at teaching students about mental health. What these people fail to realize is that there are very simple and effective ways to do so. This education must be tailored to the student you are instructing. Teaching a five-year-old about bullying, asking for help, and positive communication skills is a good place to start.