Self Care Summer | Self-care approaches of children and young people

Published: 09 August 2019

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, who host the On My Mind | Mental Health Support Website have launched their latest campaign called Self Care Summer.

Throughout Self Care Summer, children, young people, parents and carers are encouraged to try self-care strategies and share their experience on the Anna Freud Centre self-care webpages. Look for the heading asking "Did this activity help your mental well-being?". You can follow the campaign by following the hashtag #SelfcareSummer on any Anna Freud Centre social media channel:

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The initiative follows a consultation with young people with depression and anxiety to identify the self-care approaches they have used to improve their well-being. The findings show that children and young people are actively engaging with a huge range of activities to help manage their own mental health and that there is a need for further research in this area. The Anna Freud Centre aims to pull people's stories together to build a better understanding of how self-care can help alleviate anxiety and depression.

Self-care approaches

Self-care approaches are steps and things a person can try to improve their well-being. In the consultation: What works for me: the self-care approaches of children and young people, young people, parents and carers talked about their experiences of 85 self-care approaches which include things like writing things down, crafts, distraction techniques and listening to music. Here are the approaches that score highly...and the those that didn't:

Self-care approaches that sored highly 

  1. Listening to music: 96%
  2. Home Entertainment (TV, Films and Books): 92%
  3. Person hygiene: 85%

Self-care approaches that sored lowly

  1. Light therapy: 9%
  2. Over the counter medication: 5%
  3. Tai Chi: 3%

View the result in an infographic