Thursday, 10 October 2019

10 October is World Mental Health Day!

We all need to take care of our mental health and well-being whether we have a mental health problem or not.
There are many tips on practical steps you can take to improve and maintain your well-being and one of them is shared reading.  Not only is shared reading a brilliant way to bond with children and support their learning, it can also hugely benefit their mental health and well-being.
Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO comments:
"Sharing a book is about so much more than simply reading a story together. It creates a wonderful closeness, and it’s also an opportunity to talk about the themes in the book, whether that’s separation anxiety, making friends, losing someone important or simply learning to be brave. It’s so easy to stop the bedtime story or other shared reading once children can read for themselves, but that magical ten minutes doesn’t just help engage children in stories and reading; it also relaxes them, helps them understand the world around them, and often stimulates important conversations about what’s going on in their lives.



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