October 9th, 2020Posted By Naomi Weeks

World Mental Health Day - tips for kids

Natalie Costa, award-winning confidence coach and joint author of our Level Headers series, shares some tips for Mental Health in aid of Mental Health day on the 10th October.



Tell us a little about yourself and what you do? 
I’m a confidence coach for children and I help children learn that they don’t have to believe every thought they think or respond to everything they feel. I love teaching children the tools to help them feel brave and more confident within themselves! 


What kind of thing would you say to children when it comes to dealing with worries and feeling nervous? 
Notice the worry thought and get curious about it. Give it a name and create it into a character. Your worry is just a thought, it’s not YOU, just a thought. If there are many worries write them down to get them out of your head. This helps you to look at them in a different way, and you can start to come up with a plan to help you with the worries. Sometimes we also realize that some worries aren’t even that big. And then pick one action that you can take to help with a worry. 


What advice would you give to children who might be going through a friendship wobble?
It’s OK to have friendship wobbles, we all do. I love using the words, ‘the story I’m telling myself is ‘... vs accusing your friend . For example ‘ the story I’m telling myself is that I’m not important to you’ vs accusing them and saying ‘you don’t like me’ . We all have our own perception about events so using those words helps them understand that it’s from your perception. 


Can you recommend any activities children and parents can do to look after their mental health?
Deep belly breathing. Talking time to notice and talk about feelings, especially the uncomfortable ones. Being kind to yourself and talking to yourself like you would to your friend or someone you care about.



Along with inclusion expert Beth Cox, Natalie has joint authored the Level Headers series - activity books for children which talk about mental health in a no blame or shame format. You can find more tips and techniques for dealing with worries, friendship wobbles and confidence in the books below. 


From finding awe in the world, to understanding and embracing big feelings, the awesome activities in this book have been expertly designed to help children discover the wonder of themselves.

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From dealing with friendship wobbles to embracing mistakes and coping with change, the awesome activities in this book have been expertly designed to help children discover just what they can do.

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Be on your own team! From dealing with friendship wobbles and bullying to understanding tricky feelings and self-esteem issues, the awesome activities in this book have been expertly designed to help children be a good friend to themselves and others! 

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