This Mental Health Week is all about Empathy.

For Mental Health Week this year – May 2-8, 2022 –  #GetReal about how to help. We may be different, but that doesn’t make us rivals. Let’s stop polarizing and start empathizing. Be there for each other when times are hard and be ready to listen. You don’t have to agree to understand, and you don’t have to fix it to help.

Pandemic fatigue. Burnout. Isolation. Can you relate? That’s the first step in empathy.

Find advice and tools on how to help. #GetReal www.mentalhealthweek.ca

 

Here are three tips to help teach empathy to your children:

Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing and is a key ingredient for children to be able to have positive relationships with others.  Helping your child to build their empathy is important and there are many ways of doing this.  It starts with your children being able to identify, express and manage their own feelings.  Frequently ask how your child is feeling, let them know that all feelings are okay.  It is what we do with our feelings that sometimes is not appropriate.  Share how you are feeling and model managing these feelings.

 

You ask your child how others are feeling so that they have to put themselves in the place of another person. This can happen when you are watching TV or reading the news or talking about something that happened in school or elsewhere.  Ask how they would feel if they were in that situation and why they would feel that way.

 

Giving to others can help your child build empathy. Have them pick some of their toys to give away to a child in need. Or go with your child to support a fund raising activity in the community with an explanation to your child on how the fund raising will be helping others.