Children’s Mental Health Week takes place from the 3rd-9th of February and has been set up by the children’s mental health charity Place2Be. This week is very important as it shines a spotlight on the importance of young people’s mental health, and it is important that we all get involved. This year’s theme is Find Your Brave and this blog post is to spread the word about Children’s Mental Health Week and how you can get involved.
“Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Finding your Brave can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself”- Place2Be
Why it is important
If your child suddenly appears to have larges rashes on their body, you would be concerned. If your child suddenly appears to be feeling sad or nervous all the time, you should also be just as concerned. A report by the Surgeon General on Children’s Mental Health estimated that 15 million of our nation’s young people can be diagnosed with a mental health disorder but only around 7% receive appropriate treatment. It is important that mentally ill children receive the help that need and deserve in order for them to grow up a lot happier. If your child does not receive the help they need, they could act out with violence and their mental health will get worse as they age. Place2Be aim to raise as much awareness as possible.
How you can get involved
We can all get involved in one way or another. You can simply get involved by spreading the word by posting online raising awareness and Place2Be have created a free Social Media Guide that you can download! The document contains a wide range of captions and graphics that you can simply copy and paste onto your own social media accounts. Place2Be also have logos and frames available for you to drag onto your own images. Another way you can get involved is by donating, this will help the charity Place2Be to reach more children with support.
How schools can get involved
There are so many ways that schools get involved, so teachers get ready to take note! For Children’s Mental Health Week, Place2Be have provided everyone with lots of amazing resources that enables schools to get involved. It is very important that children are aware of Mental Health so proving your class with activities regarding the subject is fantastic. There are classroom activities, assembly guides and fundraising ideas for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Welsh Schools. There are also free resources that help Primary Schools support pupil’s mental health and how parents can also help their children. With folders and folders of ideas and activities (even from last year too) you’re spoilt for choice. Help children explore what it means to Find your Brave.
How Link3 are getting involved
We at Link3 have written this blog post in order to raise awareness, we will also be posting on our social media platforms. But, most importantly during Children’s Mental Health Week we will post videos on social media explaining what bravery means to us and sharing our advice. We would love it if you did the same. We will be using the hashtags #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek #Place2Be #FindYourBrave and #FindYourBraveWithLink3