Thursday 29 September 2016

Majority of parents feel they could benefit from wellbeing training

Daire Courtney

Published 21/09/2016 | 17:28

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A total of 88pc of parents believe they could benefit from mental health of wellbeing training, a survey has found.

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St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and the National Parent’s Council surveyed over 1,200 parents with children in primary school on the best way to encourage good mental health in school as part of National Parents’ Week.

The survey found that 88pc of parents would find mental health training beneficial. 63pc said they knew of mental health initiatives at their child’s school, and 82pc of those said that these initiatives helped.

The survey also found that over 99pc of parents believe that children should be building their mental health skills from primary school age.

Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, said “In order for parents and teachers to look after their child’s emotional health, they need to be able to look after their own.  Having good emotional health and strong psychological resilience helps you enjoy the good and difficult aspects of parenting. 

"There are skills that parents can practice at home that will improve their own wellbeing and, in turn, their child’s emotional health.”

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services say that knowing how to be happy and enjoying life are key parts of being an emotionally healthy parent.

They also encourage parents to believe that they good people and good parents and try to encourage that self-belief in their children.

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