Even Toddlers can tell when adults are faking it

Scientists have found that from the age of 18months, children can tell when we are faking our emotions. ‘The ability to detect sadness and then react immediately This has an evolutionary implication…however to function effectively in the social world, children need the ability to understand other’s behaviours and what is going on internally for those … Read more

World do your worst

Every year the teenagers of loving families, often pupils in high performing schools succumb to depression, anxiety and stress….There are concerns for children who strive for perfection in all areas of their lives….perfect bodies….muscle definition…children who are resilient accept being ‘good enough’ and have some sense that they have some control over their lives rather … Read more

Why do children self-harm?

Last week, official statistics revealed an alarming rise in children who self-harm. In the past year, NH hospitals treated more than 18,000 girls and 4,600 boys between 10 and 19 after they had deliberately harmed themselves- a rise of 11%. During the same period, children aged 10-14 increased- a rise of 30%………prevention has to involve … Read more

Poor nurseries “harm babies” mental health

Very often the least qualified staff are looking after the youngest children. The very young girls who are least trained won’t necessarily understand that gazing into babies’ eyes, mimicking their expressions and saying ‘I love you’ is really important to their brain development. The development of the part of the brain known as the pre-frontal … Read more

Now is the time to tackle this medical taboo

Despite the epic scale of the issues-three children in every classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem, with 1000s more teetering on the brink- and the terrible long term effects this can have, on both individuals and society at large, we have so far failed to find an appropriate solution. Instead of a nation … Read more