Self-esteem is our opinion of our self & our worth. It is how we relate to others & our ability to be resilient. Having a healthy self-esteem means being comfortable with how we look & how we feel. It means feeling confident about ourselves & our abilities.
For children & young people, building self-esteem is a process that starts from an early age & then becomes an ongoing task through to adult hood, with many tests along the way.
As parents & teachers, we try hard, but we don’t always get it right. However, it’s important to remember that we should always praise, encourage & listen so we can help children and young people to develop healthy levels of self-esteem.
The Remarkable Me team believe the key to building healthy self esteem is to learn emotional resilience & strategies for dealing with challenges in life such as peer pressure, social media pressures, bereavement, physical health issues & young carers, bullying, changing friendship groups, pressures with homework & exams, family struggles & so on.
We believe primary schools should deliver lessons on positive self-esteem as part of the school curriculum so that we can beat issues such as eating disorders, depression & anxiety later in life. If we can't promote & support positive self-esteem for children in primary school’s then how can we expect them to transition to secondary school with a healthy mindset & create a generation of healthy & resilient young people for our future?
New statistics about the mental health of children & young people in England have been released by NHS Digital. These figures show the current level of mental health problems among children & young people, & the factors associated with mental health. Here are some of the findings:
How many children have mental health problems?
The last survey, conducted in 2004, found that 1 in 10 children aged 5-15 had a mental health disorder (either emotional, behavioural, hyperactive, or other). In the newly released 2017 figures, this has risen to 1 in 9.
When we include older children & look across all children & young people aged 5-19, we find that 1 in 8 (12.8%) have at least one mental disorder.
This change was largely driven by an increase in emotional disorders (including anxiety and depression), which for 5-15-year-olds rose from 3.9% in 2004 to 5.8% in 2017.
Across the whole group of 5-19-year olds, around 1 in 12 (8.1%) reported an emotional disorder.
These statistics are an alarming truth about our children in the UK.
We need to nurture our children from an early age. Not ‘wrap the up in cotton wool’ but give them healthy direction & education about life before they are led down the wrong road. We need to give them the right amount of life education so that they can make healthy & informed choices & decisions. But most importantly, we need to support & encourage them along the way.
Unfortunately, it is also a fact that children suffering with a mental disorder are twice as likely to be bullied or cyber bullied.
This is a compounding factor in a child’s healthy development & has been linked to teen suicide many times in the UK & abroad.