SUPPORT FOR OUR CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH…
Posted by Kat Heath on 06 Feb 2021
This week has been Children’s Mental Health Week, which is a yearly event that was set up to emphasise and focus on the importance of children’s mental wellbeing by the renowned children’s charity Place2Be in 2015.
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides support, counselling and strategic support for schools in tackling mental health and wellbeing in children. Last year, Place2Be worked with up to 700 schools in England, Scotland and Wales, reaching 380,691 children and young people promoting positive mental and emotional wellbeing.
Schools, youth groups and individuals throughout the UK have been taking part in the annual Children’s Mental Health Week since it started 6 years ago.
Each year there is a theme and this year’s theme is: EXPRESS YOURSELF
The notion of self expression according to many psychologists is vital in maintaining our happiness and energy levels.
When we don’t express ourselves we are repressing who we truly are which can cause long term mental health problems particularly in children.
EXPRESSING YOURSELF IS:
Finding ways to share and discuss feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity.
For example through, art, music, writing, dance or drama.
It can also be doing activities that make you feel good and positive.
WHAT CAN I DO AT HOME TO SUPPORT MY CHILD?
Going beyond Children’s Mental Health Week perhaps think of different ways your child can express themselves.
Let them explore ways which help them express their feelings, thoughts and emotions creatively.
For younger children it maybe through singing or role play.
For older children it maybe through painting their feelings, story telling or through writing in a journal.
Being interested and engaged in how your child wants to express themselves is also a vital part in creating positive long term mental health within our children.
Becky Browne of local business, Bambinos & Me who is a registered Children and Babies yoga specialist, states:
“A huge part of Children’s Mental Health is fostering their interests. It develops confidence and self esteem which is the basis behind positive mental health and also develops bonds between child and parent.”
During lockdown as parents we have had to place a big emphasis on our children completing homeschooling schedules, however allowing them to take time out to do activities that help them express themselves is more important than ever in promoting long term positive mental health.
According to statistics published by Place2Be, three children in every primary school class have been diagnosed with a mental health problem in the last year.
This number is predicted to rise after the pandemic which is why it is vital that we focus on promoting good habits in our children to help them have long term positive mental and emotional health.
For more information on Children’s Mental Health Week visit:
NHS MIND MATTERS: