Mental health in the UK is at an epidemic level, particularly within children. The shocking fact of the matter is that one in six children aged 5-16 are likely to have a mental health problem.
We must ask ourselves some tough questions. What more we can do to help children with their mental health? How can we positively affect children’s futures? Well, RainbowSmart could certainly become a positive first step toward this goal of improving mental health and wellbeing.
Within the app, suggested for children aged 3 – 7, you’ll find a full set of social stories to support children with their development, looking at managing feelings or transition for example. Within the app you will find 80 storybooks in read-to-me or animated format, as well as mindfulness videos and vocabulary flashcards. Best of all, you can download the app for free.
To encourage you take an interest, here is a closer look at how some of the stories can help children.
- Pink is Feeling Sad
Sometimes our emotions can weigh heavily on us. For children, understanding the reasons why they are unhappy can make things seem even more hopeless. But with ‘Pink is Feeling Sad’, children are reminded that sadness is a normal part of life, and it doesn’t last forever.
- Orange Feels Worried
As the title suggests, this story deals with anxiety in children, which the pandemic has undoubtedly exacerbated. Orange wakes up feeling worried and struggles to understand why, until the story reveals that her worry stems from her toy being underneath her bed. The story reminds children that worrying is perfectly natural, and our worries can almost always be resolved.
- Rainbow Feels Angry
Anger often stems from stress and can be the most difficult part to handle. With this story, in which Rainbow becomes angered by their friend Purple constantly winning a game, RainbowSmart demonstrates that controlling anger is possible with the right mental tools and emotional support.
- Purple Watches the News
A child’s first exposure to the news can be difficult to comprehend for them and explaining situations like those in war-torn or poverty-stricken countries is a sizeable challenge. But reminding children that the world can also be a beautiful place makes such a difference to their way in perceiving thing
- Purple’s Pet Bird
Losing a loved one is undoubtedly the toughest thing any of us go through in life, and unfortunately, this does not discriminate when it comes to young children. In this story, Purple is devastated to lose her pet bird Rico, but in creating a memory box with her father, she can think about the joy Rico gave her in his brief time with her.
- Pink Misses Mummy
Separation anxiety can be one of the most difficult obstacles for children to overcome, even more so considering a pandemic in which many children will have spent more time with parents/carers. As we deal with the aftermath of this pandemic, this story teaches children that there is so much value in relationships beyond their immediate family.To find more stories like these search RainbowSmart in the AppStore or Google Play store.Are you a Kindle user?
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