12 October 2023

Don't leave _____ for later.

Why is the mental health of children, youth and adolescents a topic in focus?, Globally: It is estimated that more than 15% of adolescents aged 10 to 19 live with a diagnosed mental disorder Self-harm was the sixth leading cause of death among adolescents aged 10 to 14, and the second leading cause of death among adolescents aged 15 to 24 About 28% of people who witness a mass shooting develop PTSD (post-traumatic stress…, Mental health protection and psychosocial support system in Serbia, The current system for mental health protection and psychosocial support in Serbia is not ready to respond to crisis situations such as we saw in the first half of this year, while on the other hand, the mental well-being of children and young people has become an increasingly important topic in recent years, especially during and after the covid-…, UNICEF and mental health of children, youth and adolescents, on my mind 2021 how are you really 2022 don't leave for later 2023 For the third year in a row, UNICEF in Serbia is implementing a national campaign to support the mental health of children, young people and adolescents, with the main aim of raising awareness among young people and their parents about the importance of mental health, building…, 2023 campaign goals:, UNICEF Serbia’s Adolescent and Youth Development Programme has targeted the issue of child and adolescent mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, the current burden of mental health problems on children and families, and the need for a strong programmatic response by the Serbian government.  It especially targets this global issue as it has been…
14 June 2023

How to prepare your child for a lifetime of positive mental health: 0–5 years

From the first smile and first step to experiencing a whole range of emotions, your child is passing many important childhood milestones. This is a time of growth and learning and an ideal time to start supporting your child’s mental well-being.  , Laying the foundations for a happy and healthy life, Your child looks to you for love, learning and safety. Try to spend as much quality time together as possible. Fostering a warm and tender relationship, and helping your child feel safe and cared for, go a long way to laying the groundwork for a lifetime of good mental health., Babies, Spending quality time with your child is good for both of you. It even releases natural hormones that help you bond with your baby and enhance well-being for both of you! Play with them, cuddle them. Talk to them, sing to them. Respond to their sounds with words so they can begin to understand language and communication.  , Toddlers, As your child starts to move around more, their desire to explore is increasing. This curiosity needs nurturing and encouragement. Read to your child (every day if you can). Play games that engage their curiosity and learning. Ask your child to name things – start with their name and objects around them, keep it simple. Explore the surroundings…, Pre-schoolers, As your child grows more independent and curious, they will want to explore the world outside and learn about the things around them. Interactions with people will help them develop their own ways of thinking and understand the world around them. Encourage social interaction through play with other children. Invite them to help you with simple age…, What to look out for, Young children are learning how to express themselves and manage big emotions. This can sometimes cause anger or stress when they cannot communicate their needs. When children feel stressed or overwhelmed, they need a loving adult to help reassure them and help them to navigate their feelings.  , Avoid..., Any form of violence, including shouting and hitting. When a child lives in a negative environment it can cause “toxic stress” – harming the child’s growth and development – as well as long term problems in later life. Frequent arguments between parents and people around the child. Tension in the environment can be stressful for children – they…, Remember: Take care of yourself as well, Whether you are a parent of a baby or toddler, you will experience a wide range of emotions at different times – this is normal. Emotions include joy, frustration, fatigue and nervousness. Whenever you feel overwhelmed, take time to manage your own stress. Make sure you’ve got good social support around you. Try to have some alone time, so you can…