Mental Health - What Can Children Do

10 October, 2018

At Children for Health, we believe that children can do a great deal to build their own social and emotional resilience and help others too. But they need specific time and opportunities to do this and educators

confident to facilitate actives and sessions that can help.

On this International Mental Health Day, we wanted to make this point and share some of the resources we have already developed specifically to help build social and emotional resilience.

When involved in Sierra Leone Post Ebola we worked with educators and co-created our 'Safe, Strong and Smiling Programme' which you can read more about here.

We have a story book, A Stone is a Strange Thing (about Loss and Grief)

... and we have a Poster now in its second edition and in three languageswhich outline simple lifeskills messages to go along the more health orientated messages.




All of these and more can be downloaded from the resources section on our


We are fundraising to do more work on young adolescent well being andresilience and when we are ready we would welcome partnerships with those of you already working in this field.

Best wishes

Clare Hanbury

CHIFA profile: Clare Hanbury is director of Children for Health ( She qualified as a teacher in the UK and then worked in schools in Kenya and Hong Kong. After an MA in Education in Developing Countries and for many years, Clare worked for The Child-to-Child Trust based at the University of London’s Institute of Education where, alongside Hugh Hawes and Professor David Morley she worked to help embed the Child-to-Child ideas of childrens participation in health – into government and non-government child health and education programmes in numerous countries. Clare has worked with these ideas alongside vulnerable groups of children such as refugees and street children. Since her MSc in International Maternal and Child Health, Clare has worked freelance and focuses on helping government and non-government programmes to design and deliver child-centered health and education programmes where children are active participants. Clare has worked in many countries in East and Southern Africa and in Pakistan, Cambodia and the Yemen. Her current passion is for distilling health information for teachers, health workers and others – into simple practical health messages actionable by children.

Email: clare.hanbury AT