Children’s Mental Health Week was created by the charity ’Place2Be’, a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools. Place2Be first created Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to bring awareness to the importance of children and young people’s mental health. From 7th-13th February 2022, schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will take part in Children’s Mental Health Week.
Most lifelong mental health issues begin in childhood. 1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Children should not have to face mental health problems alone. But talking about wellbeing early on can help us all cope better with life’s challenges.
This year’s theme is ’Growing Together’. ’Growing Together’ is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Learning from mistakes and difficult situations is a big contributing factor to personal growth; they teach us how to react and adapt. As parents and carers, there are ways to support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy. There are also great sources available for children and young people to be able to develop ways to stay mentally healthy themselves. For example, ’Place2Be’ have a short video activity on YouTube which might help with discovering past and future emotional and personal growth. Search for ’My Changing Shapes’ on YouTube or click here to watch.
Here are a few other things that may help when times get a little tough: