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Children’s Mental Health Week - 1-7 February 2021

Feb. 1, 2021

Children's Mental Health Week is run by children's mental health charity Place2Be, who 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, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word. The theme this year is Express Yourself, free primary and secondary resources are now available from Place2Be, including assembly guides, slides, group activities, fundraising ideas and more to help schools and youth groups explore what it means to Express Yourself.

Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

Purple Mash

Purple Mash is all about creativity so is perfect to use during the week to help pupils express themselves. They can use a range of tools from art, to music, to writing to coding, to express their feelings, thoughts, or ideas. The only limit will be their imagination.  There are also a range of dedicated resources within Purple Mash that focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Learners can create a poster sharing information about who people can talk to if they are worried or need support or they can list 5 things that make them feel happy and able to express themselves.

Working with Nina Jackson and Kelly Hanaghan, we have put together an informative guide for parents. Let’s Talk About Mental Health’ – A Parent’s Toolkit for Wellbeing. Wellbeing is important. It’s about feeling good both physically and emotionally. It marries the head and the heart together to create a sense of fulfilment. However, the world of mental health and wellbeing does not have to be considered a place of worry for parents; in fact, it can be embraced as a tool for building a better future for us all with healthy conversations that nurture emotional growth and positive relationships.

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We have put together this informative guide to help support you with healthy conversations about mental health and wellbeing with your child. This will enable them to flourish in an ever-changing world, armed with the tools for emotional understanding and the resilience to regulate their thoughts and feelings. In the toolkit, you will find tips and advice for parents of children aged 5 to 7 and for those of children aged 7 to 11, providing you with everything you need to start and build on conversations about mental health and wellbeing. 

Mentally Healthy Schools

Mentally Healthy Schools have put together a free #MentallyHealthySchools toolkit for #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek. By talking openly about mental health from a young age, children can learn to better understand their emotions, break down stigma, and feel safe enough to reach out for help when it’s needed. Talking about mental health and expressing our feelings can be difficult, no matter our age. The toolkit is full of resources to help children understand their emotions, express themselves, and feel safe enough to reach out for help when it's needed.

Striver

Striver is our PE and wellbeing platform which is packed with lesson plans and resources. As well as a full scheme of work for PE there are dedicated wellbeing units for each grade group. You don’t need any specialist training to deliver impactful wellbeing sessions with Striver, simply follow our step-by-step lesson plans covering topics such as yoga, mindfulness and nutrition. We have put together a collection of free Yoga and Mindfulness resources for you to download, or start a 14-day trial to access the full range of Striver wellbeing units.

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Dot Com Digital

Dot Com Digital programme, is our latest wellbeing resource, aimed at children aged 5-11, it adopts a values-based approach that empowers children to develop confidence and make safe choices. It includes overviews, videos, lesson plans and online and paper-based activities. Created by Sharon Doughty, a former Sky News presenter, Dot Com Digital is an enhanced digital version of the Dot Com safeguarding programme which has been developed by children and safeguarding leads with input from Essex Police, the National Police Chief Council and Internet Intelligence & Investigations. We have put together a sample pack of lesson plans that you can download that gives you an overview of the progamme that houses over 24 themes.

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We hope that you find these resources useful in helping your pupils to express themselves, if you use any of the resources mentioned we would love to hear from you on either our Twitter or Facebook pages #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.