We will be at the Changing Minds Festival on 6-7 February, sharing advice on how to maintain children and young people's well-being

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On the eve of Children's Mental Health Week 2016, we will be at the world-famous Southbank Centre’s Changing Minds Festival sharing our advice on steps children and young people can take to maintain their own well-being - and how parents can help.

'Building resilience' is the theme of this year's Children's Mental Health Week, teaching children to 'bounce forward' from life's challenges. We have been producing groundbreaking research on children’s emotional well-being and what makes a good childhood for a decade. 

Please visit our stall at the marketplace during this year's festival.

     Changing Minds Festival
     Date: 6-7 February 2016
     Venue: Southbank Centre, London
     Time: 11am-6pm 
     Cost: Free
     Open to the public

Visit our stall at the marketplace.

Changing Minds Festival

The Changing Minds ​Festival addresses the big questions about mental health and explores the role of the arts in healing. Many people know someone who has experienced a mental health problem, yet talking about it openly is still a taboo. One in ten young people experience a mental health problem, which is usually not properly addressed.

The festival provides a platform for discussion and questioning, offering the opportunity for stigmas to be challenged and the chance to inspire positive change. Throughout the weekend there will be performances, workshops, talks and debates offering audiences the opportunity to find out more and reflect on the role that mental health plays in their lives.

Part of the festival is the Marketplace, free and open to the public, where charities, arts organisations and community groups who work in the field of mental health will provide information about the work they do and the services they offer.

At our stand in the Marketplace we will explore ways that children and young people can build their resilience and cope with life’s challenges at our fun interactive stand where delegates can try out the five ways to well-being for themselves. 

Ways to well-being for children and young people

Children and young people can help maintain their own well-being by following the five simple ways we have developed with New Economics Foundation - and parents can help.

In 2008, NEF (New Economics Foundation) produced their five ways to well-being framework for adults. This set of five actions - connect, be active, keep learning, take notice and give - were beneficial to adults. We wanted to find out whether this approach could work for children and young people, as well.

So we've been working with NEF to create our Ways to well-being report. 

Together, we've:

  • Asked around 1500 young people aged 10 to 15 a number of questions related to the five ways that we felt might be relevant to children’s lives
  • Held focus group discussions with 70 children aged eight to 15 in six schools around the country.

Key findings

  • There's good evidence that four of NEF’s five ways - connect, be active, take notice, keep learning - work for children
  • Evidence for the fifth - give - was more mixed, although children did talk about being kind and doing things to help others
  • However, we have found evidence for another way to well-being relating to creativity, imagination and play.

Ways to well-being guide and postcards

The cover of 'How to support your children's well-being

We've put the five ways to well-being for children on a set of postcards as a reminder of the things that children can do to support their own well-being.

Download the postcards.

Our parent's guide, How to support your child's well-being, gives some simple tips to parents on how they can encourage children to take part in the activities that could enhance their well-being.

Find out more about our parent's guide.