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Help for your child to cope with negative emotions

AboutKidsHealth has developed a new game for children aged seven to 12 to help them understand and cope with difficult emotions​ such as sadness or anger. Called Monarch's Mission, the game is being launched to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.

With a space explorer theme, the game enables children to learn about emotions as they meet new alien friends on different planets. Children can choose their own character and learn how to:

  • identify negative emotions
  • understand the triggers, or causes, of those emotions
  • figure out how to cope with negative emotions before they become too powerful.

We have also produced guidelines for parents and other adults about using a "feelings list" and helping a child make the link between their emotions, thoughts and behaviour.