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Eight Ways Towards Children and Young People’s Wellbeing

Feb 14, 2023

Children, young people, and their parents, carers and families are being encouraged to learn how they can support their own wellbeing and mental health following Children and Young People’s Mental Health Week (6-12 February).

The week highlights the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme – Let’s Connect – encourages children and young people to connect to the networks and services that can support them.

The theme has been chosen to highlight how many children and young people felt disconnected following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting changes to their school lives, extra-curricular hobbies, and ability to spend time with family and friends.

A wide range of support is in place for children and young people who are experiencing specific mental health issues. All children and young people, families who support them, and the wider community can take simple steps to help improve children and young people’s overall mental wellbeing.

The Eight Ways to Wellbeing underpin the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing 2022-2025 Strategy. They include:

 Feel nurtured – ensuring that children are loved and nurtured in a home that meets needs

Be active – taking part in physical activity of any kind

 Be respected – taking opportunities to be heard and involved in decisions

Be responsible – taking an active role in the community, and in setting meaningful goals

 Feel included – linking in with family, friends and neighbours across the community

Stay safe – ensuring children and young people are protected from neglect and harm

Be healthy – taking time to notice what you are thinking, feeling, eating and doing

Keep achieving – setting goals and learning something new outside of formal education

Minister for Children and Education, Deputy Inna Gardiner, said: “Every single one of us has mental health, and the Eight Ways to Wellbeing are an important way of understanding all the different ways we can all support children and young people to improve their wellbeing.

“While the Government is responsible for the statutory service that helps children and young people stay safe and feel nurtured, we also work to promote wellbeing more generally. 

“As well as promoting wellbeing in schools, colleges, and youth clubs, we work in partnership with charity and voluntary organisations. By working together with organisations, we can support more individual children, young people, and families to improve their wellbeing.”

Mark Capern, Principal Youth Worker, said: “Feeling Included means taking the time to build relationships with the people around you. This could mean spending some quality time with your friends, or with parents, carers, grandparents or siblings. Youth clubs also offer a way to meet new, like-minded people in a safe and friendly setting: youth clubs run across the Island, and we also run LGBTQ+ and multilingual youth groups, as well as groups for young carers. 

“These groups can help children and young people try new things and develop new skills and friendships.”

Chief Librarian, Ed Jewell, said: “Jersey Library supports young people to Keep Achieving through its diverse collections of books, e-books, magazines and audiobooks. We also have a range of books and digital resources specifically chosen to help young people learn more about their own wellbeing and mental health. 

“The Reading Well for Teens range includes books and digital resources on healthy minds, managing feelings, body images, neurodiversity, and understanding bereavement and loss. Children and young people can drop into the town library, or into the branch library at Communicare and find out more.”

Government of Jersey Food and Nutrition Policy Officer, Beau Waugh, said: “Good nutrition is a key part of being healthy. A nutritious diet supports children and young people’s cognitive development and supports their mental health.

“A diet high in fruit, vegetables, fish, and whole grains is linked to a reduced risk of developing some mental health conditions. A nutritious diet can also help manage the symptoms of mental health conditions and the side effects from their treatment. 

“This is why Public Health is working with schools and families to improve nutrition. We are working with schools to develop a healthy school food environment through a ‘Whole School Approach’ and our ‘Food Dudes’ programme encourages children to try new fruits and vegetables.

Our ‘Family Food and Fitness’ programme also offers more targeted support to children and families to adopt healthy behaviours.”

Service Manager for the Early Intervention Service, Tina Hesse, said: “Being Healthy sounds like a big ask. However, it can be a simple as taking a moment to really notice what we’re doing, thinking or feeling. 

“So much of the work I do is around taking time to sit with children and young people and identify what they’re thinking and feeling, and what actions they want to take. This sounds like a small step, but this helps us develop emotional literacy and regulation which are key tools to developing wellbeing and resilience.”

More information about support services is available via

Government of Jersey News Release

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