Place2Be is a national charity founded in 1994 that focuses on improving children’s mental health. In 2015 the charity launched their first ever Children’s Mental Health Week to shine a spotlight on the importance of children’s and young people’s mental health.
Each year schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK take part in the week, and each year focuses on a different theme. This year’s theme is 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.
It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.
For Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 we will be encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.”
Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Place2Be provides counselling, mental health support and training in UK schools, last year working with 700 schools in England, Scotland and Wales and reaching 380,691 children and young people.
Their work is vital now more than ever. You can support the Children’s Mental Health Week by viewing their free resources here. These can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning.