Children's mental health and wellbeing

Sometimes it's easy to notice when children seem to feel good about themselves — and when they don't. We often describe this idea of feeling good about ourselves as "self-esteem."

Kids with self-esteem:

  • feel liked and accepted
  • feel confident
  • feel proud of what they can do
  • think good things about themselves
  • believe in themselves

Kids with low self-esteem:

  • are self-critical and hard on themselves
  • feel they're not as good as other kids
  • think of the times they fail rather than when they succeed
  • lack confidence
  • doubt they can do things well

Why Self-Esteem Matters

Kids who feel good about themselves have the confidence to try new things. They are more likely to try their best. They feel proud of what they can do. Self-esteem helps kids cope with mistakes. It helps kids try again, even if they fail at first. As a result, self-esteem helps kids do better at school, at home, and with friends.

Kids with low self-esteem feel unsure of themselves. If they think others won't accept them, they may not join in. They may let others treat them poorly. They may have a hard time standing up for themselves. They may give up easily, or not try at all. Kids with low self-esteem find it hard to cope when they make a mistake, lose, or fail. As a result, they may not do as well as they could. 

Worry Box

If you have a worry, big or small, you can send a message through to the St Mary's RC, Worry Box. Your message will be sent to a teacher, who will help you if something is worrying you. Your teachers monitor the worry box and can help you by speaking to you, to make sure you feel happy again. Please drop your message into the worry box using the text box below. Don't forget to write your name and class. This just helps the message reach the worry box! Please only use the worry box for worries. Remember that all children have worries at some point and some worry more than others. The worry box is here to help you as often or as little as you need!

Worry Box

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