Supporting Children's Mental Health
One in six children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement, according to Place2Be.
Children's Mental Health Week 2022 may be over, but supporting children and young people's mental health takes place all year.
What is Children's Mental Health Week?
Ran by the charity Place2Be, Children’s Mental Health Week focuses on the importance of promoting good mental health and wellbeing for young people. This year’s campaign focused on ‘growing together’; growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow.
We’ve put together a list of web-based resources, apps and organisations to help.
Children’s Mental Health Week website
The official website for the week includes free resources on children’s mental health that can be adapted for use in school, for homeschooling, online lessons or independent learning. There is a virtual assembly as well as an online conference.
As the UK’s leading charity for children and young people's mental health, Young Minds has a huge range of resources. This includes a section for parents and carers as well as school resources. There is also an insightful poster sharing 10 ways to help children cope with change.
Childline is a free, confidential service where children can talk about anything. It offers a host of help and information and this includes a Calm Zone, which shares many ways to help children feel calmer. This includes breathing exercise, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress.
Contact, for families with disabled children
Contact has a page on Your family’s wellbeing including links to virtual workshops, 1:1 support for parents via a telephone appointment, activities, as well as tips on looking after yourself and your child.
MIND provides support for people with mental health problems and its website includes information for young people aged 11-18 and advice on supporting your teen’s wellbeing during coronavirus.
Public Health England Guidance
Released last year, Public Health England provides guidance on how parents and carers can help support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus and lockdown, including the specific needs of children with SEND.
Every Mind Matters
The NHS online tool Every Mind Matters gives simple and practical advice ‘to get a healthier mind and get more out of life’ – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting mood or sleeping better. Every Mind Matters was created by Public Health England, with tips and advice developed with experts. It includes a section on children’s mental health and videos for young people.
Worried about a child?
If you're not sure whether a child is at risk you can discuss the circumstances with us or with someone else who works with children, such as a teacher, health visitor or the NSPCC. All professionals who work with children have a responsibility to safeguard them and will know how to help.
If you are concerned about a child please contact us. We will listen, assess your concerns, and can take action if a child is at risk.
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