Children’s Mental Health Week

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Hello Everybody!

If you weren’t aware, this week is the annual Children’s Mental Health Week. Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
Now in its seventh year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.

This year’s theme is Express Yourself.

Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

For Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 Plan2be are encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.

Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Considering the current climate of the pandemic and lockdowns, children’s mental well-being has the potential to suffer more than ever, so it is important to make that time to allow children to express their feelings and emotions.

On Wednesday, 3rd February, we will be hosting a ‘Well-being Wednesday’ afternoon, where we will be setting you the challenge of expressing yourself and your feelings in our ‘Dress to Express challenge’. 

In the meantime, I would like to signpost you to some really helpful resources and charities which can help you, if you find your children’s mental health deteriorating through the current lockdown. Don’t forget also, as teachers, whilst we can’t be there for your children physically, we still want to be there to support their mental health and well-being. If you have any concerns or would like more advice or support, don’t forget to email your class teacher on their class email address.

Support and resources for parents:

Plan2be: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/parents-and-carers/

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Click the link to find a wide range of well-being activities and ideas for you to try at home with your children.

They’ve pulled together a list of recommended resources for families from some of their trusted partner organisations.

Some of these ideas will help you start conversations with your child, keep them entertained and inspired, and encourage you to enjoy quality time together as a family. All of which are important for your wellbeing.

Follow this link: https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-and-carers/coronavirus-wellbeing-activity-ideas-for-families/

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They will also be hosting a virtual assembly to kick off ‘Express Yourself’. Follow the link to have a watch: https://youtu.be/Eft4E079QL4

‘Mind’ charity:

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If you have any concerns about your child’s current mental health and emotional well-being, then the ‘Mind’ charity website is a great resource, with helpful tips and advice, as well as useful contact details.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/information-for-parents/

They also have some lovely booklets you can work through with your child, which can help them to set goals and focus on developing positive mental health:

‘Mind’ The five ways to well being booklet

‘Mind’ My wellbeing challenge booklet

NHS: ‘Every Mind Matters’:

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The NHS ‘Every Mind Matters’ webpage is a really useful source of advice and support for parents. Follow the link to take a look: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/childrens-mental-health/#support

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I hope that you find this information useful and please remember, don’t suffer in silence. If you are concerned about your child’s mental health and well- being, then please flag it up on the wellbeing phone calls or via email.

I’m really excited to see how you ‘Express Yourself’ in our ‘Well-being Wednesday’ challenge.

Miss Latham