Resources published ahead of Children’s Mental Health Week

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Mental health and wellbeing resources for schools and families have been published ahead of Children’s Mental Health Week 2023, which takes place in February.

The initiative is organised by mental health charity Place2Be and the theme this time around is “Let’s Connect”.

Taking place from February 6 to 12, schools are urged to mark the week with assemblies and in-class activities.

All of the ideas being offered can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning. The resources – which are broken into primary and secondary – include assembly guides, class activities and tips for school staff.

Place2Be says that Let’s Connect is about making meaningful connections: “People thrive in communities, and this connection is vital for our wellbeing. When we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing.”

Dr Julia Clements, principal educational psychologist at Place2Be, said: “Connecting with others is an important part of our wellbeing and mental health. We feel more connected to others when we engage in everyday activities such as talking to friends, family and loved ones. We can also feel more connected when interacting with those we know less well, for example, when we smile at a neighbour, or help a stranger. It's important to be aware of those in our communities who may find it harder to meaningfully connect with others, due to discrimination based on gender, race, disability or sexual orientation. Place2Be's resources encourage an inclusive approach to making meaningful connections for all, during Children’s Mental Health Week and beyond.”

Place2Be launched the first every Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 and it is now in its ninth year. Place2Be offers school-based support and training programmes to help improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. The charity currently provides an embedded mental health service in 450 primary and secondary schools.

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