Children's Mental Health Week 2021: Express Yourself
From 1-7 February 2021, we’re taking part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is EXPRESS YOURSELF and we’re 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. With schools partially closed and lots of uncertainty, children and young people’s mental health has never been more important.
Children's Mental Health Week was launched by the children's mental health charity Place2Be in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
This year's theme is 'Express Yourself'. Its aim is to encourage children to express themselves in a variety of ways. For example, expressing yourself can be about sharing your feelings, thoughts and ideas through creativity. Children could express how they feel through a piece of artwork or writing, or they could express it through a performance such as dance or drama. An important part of this theme is that expressing yourself doesn't mean that you're the best at something. It's all about finding a way to show other people who you are and how you feel. It's about showing how you see the world and finding a way to 'express yourself' which feels good to you. Expressing yourself in a way that's unique to you is a great way to improve mental well-being.
There are many resources linked below that can be used with children at home including activity ideas, stories and an online assembly which will be available from 1st February. Remember – you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to get creative at home. Recyclable materials or older items you no longer have a use for can provide amazing inspiration, and of course there’s no limit to your imagination! Let your child/children know that if they are worried about something, they should always talk to an adult they trust. It could be you, someone in your family, a teacher or someone else in their school.