Children's Mental Health week is an important annual event in the UK, organised by the charity ‘Place to be’ aimed at raising awareness of the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
This year, Children's Mental Health Week takes place from 6th to 12th February 2023, and the theme is "Let’s Connect".
The theme of "Let's Connect" encourages children and young people to make meaningful connections not just this week but throughout life. Through meaningful connections, we can find kindness and joy.
Statistics show that 1 in 6* young people have a diagnosed mental health condition and so we wanted to share with you a few ideas on how you can help young minds to stay healthy.
- Encourage open communication: Encourage children and young people to talk about their feelings and emotions, and provide a safe and non-judgmental space for them to do so.
- Promote self-expression: Encourage children and young people to express themselves through creative activities, such as writing, drawing, or making music.
- Teach coping strategies: Teach children and young people coping strategies for managing stress and anxiety, such as deep breathing, exercise, and mindfulness.
- Encourage physical activity: Regular physical activity has been shown to improve mental health, so encourage children and young people to be active and get outside for some fresh air and exercise.
- Support positive relationships: Encourage children and young people to form positive relationships with others, and provide them with opportunities to develop social skills and make friends.
By expressing themselves and connecting with others, children and young people can build resilience and develop the skills they need to cope with life's challenges. As always you can find support for all ages across the You in Mind platform.