Children’s Mental Health Week
This week (1-7 February) is Children’s Mental Health Week and this year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’. The campaign is a chance to highlight the importance of children’s and young people’s mental health.
Over the past year, most of us have come to understand the importance of looking after our mental health. It’s been a challenging 12 months and young people have been impacted by the difficulties of lockdown too.
According to the campaign, approximately three children in every primary school class have a mental health problem, whilst many others struggle with issues like bullying and bereavement. Whether you’re a parent or carer, someone who works with children, or just want to get involved, there are plenty of ways to help highlight mental health challenges.
The theme for 2021 concerns finding ways to show who you are and how you see the world that can help you feel good about yourself. Expressing yourself helps children and young people to share feelings, thoughts and ideas through creativity. This could be through art, music, poetry, dance, drama, or any other activities that resonate and make the child feel good about themselves.
Find out more information on the week and the charity behind it: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk
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