That is why at Putney we have taken our Positive programme one step further, to make sure no one is falling through the gaps. Building on the success of our wellbeing digital toolkit, we have launched a parent-friendly version of the wellbeing app that students use at school. Now mothers, fathers and other essential “stakeholders” can embark on this interactive journey together with their children, and most importantly, start a conversation around mental health using the same terms of reference.
This week we introduced parents of the pupils in Year 7 to the Positive for Parents programme: a 16 week pilot programme of micro bite learning that really gets parents involved. From improving emotional literacy and regulation, to developing better focus, improved optimism and greater self and social awareness, the app allows parents to benefit from the same tools that are available to their children; giving them greater awareness of the issues and most importantly, giving them the language to connect with their children meaningfully in an engaging and non-confrontational way.
These are the type of measures that should form part of a preventative approach to all our health and wellbeing. Moving with the times to present practical, realistic solutions to the threats we are all faced with, Millenial, Generation Z or X. Let’s all do more to involve the app generation in conversations about mental health. By literally sharing one another’s experiences, opening channels of communication, and getting involved in the discussion, we have a much greater chance of happy outcomes, for everyone involved. There can be no more important responsibility than ensuring our children’s journey to adulthood is as happy and positive as it can be. Let’s get together on this journey, and embrace every tool at our disposal.