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Children’s Mental Health Week
Children’s Mental Health Week, an annual week-long campaign run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, began on Monday 1 February and will run until Sunday 7 February.
This year’s theme is “Express Yourself” with the focus on children finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas through creativity. Mentally Healthy Schools have created a toolkit of resources for children, staff and parents to use during Children’s Mental Health Week.
We have shared a variety of mental health resources on our social media platforms, including ‘wellbeing for education return’ and the children and young people’s psychological first aid training which is run by Public Health England.
Further advice on support for students is available in the guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Children's Mental Health Week - useful resources
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Talking openly with children about mental health from an early age can help them to better understand their emotions and contribute to breaking down any stigma surrounding mental health. In turn, this can help children to feel safer and increase their likelihood of reaching for support when needed.
Below are a range of useful resources, available from Suffolk County Council’s Wellbeing in Education pages, to support the mental health of children
It can be difficult to talk about mental health and express our feelings. The Anna Freud Centre for children and families, has created the Express Yourself Toolkit of resources for children, staff and families to help start conversations about mental health.
The Source website - for young people in Suffolk, are hosting some live creative wellbeing sessions throughout children's mental health week for young people to join in, and find out about local emotional wellbeing support.
Kooth Don't Do It Alone Campaign launched for children's mental health week. Kooth is an online emotional wellbeing support service for 11-25 year olds in Suffolk.
ChatHealth is a service available to young people aged 11 -19 years throughout Suffolk. Staff from the Suffolk school nursing team are available for confidential help and advice by texting the following number 07507 333356.
The service is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm, excluding bank holidays. School nurses cover all kinds of health issues including sexual health, emotional health and wellbeing, bullying, healthy eating, smoking, drugs and alcohol, self-harm and general health concerns.
For more information visit: the Chat Health page on the Source website and click here for an explanation of the Chat Health Service on YouTube.
The focus of this message has been around supporting children’s mental health. However, it is also really important to demonstrate our value for everyone’s mental health by also looking after ourselves as well. With this in mind, I want to thank you again for all that you do.
Our colleagues in NSFT have also developed a leaflet for parents with a clear message about ‘looking after yourself to look after others’.