Children's Mental Health Week Resources

2021-01-29

Pupil's mental health has made headlines in the past months, which makes marking Children’s Mental Health Week in the classroom more important than ever.


Launched by Place2Be back in 2015 as a means of highlighting mental health problems among young people, and the children’s mental health charity is keen to increase the number of people involved this year.


A main theme for the week (1st - 7th February) focuses on Express Yourself, designed with the aim to allow children to express themselves through creativity; from creating a piece of art that conveys how they are feeling to a performance through dance or drama.


This aims to promote the idea of finding a way to show other people who they are and how they feel; showing how they see the world and finding a way to 'express yourself' which feels good to them.


The charity recognises that there are individuals in most classes that require a level of mental health support and that there are others that can struggle to cover challenges such as bullying or bereavement.


Currently, nearly 300 primary and secondary schools across the UK receive support from Place2Be’s highly skilled set of practitioners, with support and advice given to parents, pupils and teaching staff.


Top tips for teachers

Place2Be encourages teachers to have open discussions with pupils around mental health and health in general, starting by getting youngsters to define health and healthy living.


Teachers can lead by example by promoting healthy activities, and by reminding pupils that they can succeed, even when times might appear tough.


It’s also important to stress to young people that nobody is perfect and that everyone is different – that way they can be encouraged to celebrate all that is good about each other.


A key aspect of Children’s Mental Health Week revolves around spreading the word and raising awareness of why mental health is so important – and efforts should start in lessons.


Place2Be has a range of resources that teachers can use to promote the week with a broad set of classroom activities for primary and secondary school teachers.


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