Talking About: Emotional Well Being

You can use these talking points to discuss mental health and emotional wellbeing with your children. Use your parental discretion when determining which topics are appropriate for your child. For additional support when you sign up for A Magic Penny event, we will provide you with talking points about the specific organization we are partnering with.

Well Being

  • Many parts of our body work together to make us healthy…
  • “Wellbeing” is how healthy and comfortable we are, both body and mind…
  • Our body and mind work together to make us grow and thrive…
  • “Physical wellbeing” refers to how healthy our body is
  • “Emotional wellbeing” refers to how healthy our mind and feelings are…

Emotions

  • “Emotions” are feelings and moods…
  • Everybody has different feelings that are always changing…
  • When we don’t understand an emotion, it can feel icky or confusing…
  • Knowing what we are feeling allows us to find comfort and work through emotions…
  • Some feelings are mad, sad, happy, scared, shy…
  • When we recognize our emotions, we can manage them with deep breaths or other activities that help us calm down…

Mental Illness

  • “Physical Illness” means a person’s body is sick, injured, or doesn’t work properly…
  • Physical illness can often be seen or tested, like when a person uses a wheelchair or has strep throat…
  • “Mental illness” means a person’s mind doesn’t always work properly…
  • When a brain doesn’t make the right chemicals, that person’s thoughts and emotions are affected…
  • Sometimes someone with a mental illness has very strong feelings that affect their energy, ability to learn/work, and behavior…
  • You can’t see mental illness the way you can see physical illness, so it can be confusing when someone with a mental illness acts in strange or unexpected ways…
  • Some people with mental illnesses need extra help to overcome strong emotions, but they are still people like you and can be great friends…
  • Mental illness can be helped by therapists, doctors, medicine, and treatment…
  • There are various types of mental illness, including depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia…

Stigma

  • “Stigma” is a set of negative or unfair beliefs about someone who is different…
  • When we don’t know or understand something, we sometimes jump to conclusions…
  • There is a lot of stigma around mental illness, especially because it often can’t be seen…
  • Some people make fun of mental illness, using the wrong words (like “crazy”), because they don’t understand it…
  • Mental illness is a medical condition and is not a person’s fault…
  • Mental illness is not contagious…
  • Just like chronic physical illnesses (ex. asthma or diabetes), mental illnesses need ongoing care…

What We Can Do

  • A “pledge” is a promise…
  • We can pledge to be stigma-free…
  • Instead of judging someone by how they express emotions or behave, we can have an open mind and remember they may need extra help…
  • We can try to understand mental illness instead of make fun of it…
  • We can see a person, and not a behavior or illness. For example, Jane is Jane and not just someone who cries a lot…
  • We can remember that mental illness is more common than people realize…
  • We can teach others that mental illness is not a person’s fault…
  • We can be friends with everyone, no matter what challenges they deal with…
  • Accepting everyone for who they are makes the world a better place…
  • We can learn to understand and manage our own feelings…
  • Knowing how to control our feelings can make us healthier and allow us to help others…

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