Childrens Mental Health Week 2021
According to Place2be around five children in every classroom have a mental health problem and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.As a parent I feel very strongely that Mental health awareness isnt just something we need to be thinking about if our child is one of the 5 in every class displaying mental health concerns, mental health is something we need to be mindful of at all stages of life. Our children are people too and just like adults who may struggled with their mental wellbeing at periods in their life so may our children. I feel its very important for us to talk to our children, get that dialogue open and destigamatise mental health. Awareness weeks such as this as the perfect opportunity to do so.
Started in 2015 by Place2be Childrens Mental Health Week aims to raise awareness of the plight of many children and to raise fund to increase the level of support avaliable to them. Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools, using tried and tested methods backed by research.
Children should not have to face mental health problems alone. Last year, Place2Be worked with 700 schools in England, Scotland and Wales, reaching 380,691 children and young people.
This years theme is all about Expressing yourself and 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.
This week is the perfect opportunity to talk to your child about positive thinking, feeling proud of who they are, self-respect and self-worth, understanding and talking about their emotions, and seeking support when needed talking about mental health alongside physical health topics, such as healthy eating, staying active and medicines.
Local areas have a number of different support services available and you should speak to you gp, health visitor or your childs school in the first instance if you have concerns more information can be found here.