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A holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing

Mental health improvement includes promoting emotional literacy, helping build resilience and developing coping strategies, and providing support for the development of relationships. Mental health improvement and awareness-raising can be implemented in a range of settings with both parents and children. The opportunities offered through different strands of the early years agenda cannot be underestimated. 

Attachment and bonding between parent and baby from birth onwards has enormous importance for the wellbeing and development of a child from birth and can impact the development of communication, interaction and socialisation skills from a very young age.

Promoting mental health and wellbeing in school, with a focus on developing life skills such as social competence and cognitive skills, is effective especially when the responsibility for creating a positive environment and climate of respect and trust is shared by everyone within the school community.