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Wellbeing: Make a moment’s difference

We can change a child’s course without even knowing – and it might only take a moment, says Dr Pooky Knightsmith

A shortage of time is one of the reasons most often cited by school staff as to why they cannot do all that they would hope to do when it comes to young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Conversely, when I talk to young people who have worked through their difficulties and are reflecting on the good and bad times during early adulthood, the pivotal moments they point to as making a real difference to them are often the work of just a few minutes. These transformative moments often pass without us even noticing, I am sure. But their ripples are felt for weeks, months or years for the young person we reached out too. It is remarkable to think that we might change a child’s course without knowing we have done it, but we do. Often.

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