Play: mental health and well-being
To mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18 to 24 May) we are publishing our new Play: mental health and well-being information sheet.
Playing is central to children’s mental, social and emotional health and well-being. Through play, children develop resilience and flexibility, which contributes to physical and emotional well-being.
The information sheet briefly explains the importance of playing for brain development and mental health. It also explores how playing contributes to children’s emotional well-being and how it relates to the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness – children learn how to give and share with others through playing.
This is an updated version of the Play: mental health and well-being information sheet originally published in 2015.