You may have picked up in the press that this week is Child Mental Health week. It’s a subject close to my heart. This isn’t because my children are suffering from serious mental ill health. I admit that my daughter has been struggling with anxiety since starting secondary school but she isn’t mentally ill or in need of medical assistance – yet.
No, it’s because I see the increasing pressure placed on children these days – in school and society – to be older than their years as a direct threat to their mental health. Long term stress has been shown to be damaging to adults’ mental and physical health. The harm to children is expected to be even greater because childhood is meant to be a time for learning through play, fun, exploration and gradual learning of responsibility (see Save Childhood Movement‘s site for statistics and research). Continue reading