Starting on Monday 1st February 2021 it will be Children’s Mental Health Week, and this year it is more important than ever to spend time to focus on our children’s mental health. We are in a very different world with the national lockdown and global pandemic. Schools have been closed, classrooms set up in our kitchens and front rooms, and team sports been postponed. Sports and PE is extremely important to the well-being of a child’s mental health and so it is important to use the resources to help make everyone feel good.
The theme for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is Express Yourself. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity This could be through a variety of different topics like drama, art, poetry, or sport. It is about doing activities that make you feel good.
Run by the amazing people at Place2Be, Children’s Mental Health Week is encouraging both children and adults to explore the different ways we can express ourselves and finding creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.
Place2Be has teamed up with The Daily Mile at Home and Greenhouse Sports to provide ideas and sessions on how to stay both physically and mentally active at home during this week and beyond. We also have some great ideas to keep active and be creative during this lockdown with Fitness Board Games, home fitness ideas and how to keep your Netball and Football skills up at home. We are here to help teachers, parents and students active at home as we know the importance of the mental health as well as the physical health.
Who are Place2Be?:
For 25 years, Place2Be has been providing in-school emotional support to children and young people. Founded in 1994 they have grown from a handful of inner London schools to working with over 600 schools nationwide. 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, we hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.
You can read more on Children’s Mental Health Week here - https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/