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What’s Going Wrong? Why has there been such a dramatic rise in the number of children and young people being diagnosed with mental health issues in recent years?

It’s is brilliant to see a positive shift in the focus towards discussing and supporting people who have mental health issues and it seems it’s not before time. With the number of children and young adults suffering from ADHD and needing ongoing, daily medication on the rise. Along with widespread issues around teen depression and suicide rates amongst younger people also on the up, it is more important than ever that we all look at what we can do to help and support the next generation’s through their formative years.

So how can we help?

If we look at the fundamentals of a healthy childhood, it should include;

  • Movement and outdoor play
  • Creative play, social integration
  • Opportunities for unstructured play time
  • Balanced nutrition and adequate sleep
  • Clearly defined limits and guidelines
  • Responsibilities
  • Boredom

Too often in these modern times, it is easy for children to fall into a sedentary, indoor lifestyle.

The wonders of modern technology enable them to communicate with their peers through their phones, tablets and even their gaming consoles. This endless stimulation and ability to interact without needing any face to face contact is offering instant gratification and even an absence of dull moments.

Please don’t misunderstand us, we are not saying that the use of a technological babysitter once in a while is a bad thing, or that having access to technology to use in their down time is harmful. It is just like with everything in life, it’s all about BALANCE.

Here at High 5 we are so committed to ensuring we support all the young people who attend our camps that we have collectively put ourselves forward to undertake a qualification in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

We know you care deeply about your children and their well-being and we want you to rest assured that here at camp we will do our very best to help and support them in during time with us. We will give them responsibilities, limits and guidelines. Support them with information about basic nutrition and the importance of sleep. We will give them lots of opportunities for movement and outdoor play with social interaction and creative play always actively encouraged. There are daily opportunities for unstructured play which means the only thing we can’t promise is that they will be bored!!

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