This week, 1st February to 8th February, is Children’s Mental Health week run by the charity Place2Be to focus on the importance of children’s mental health. The theme this year is Express Yourself.
When children are able to find creative ways to share their feelings, thoughts or ideas it can help them feel good about themselves and who they are. Children can do this through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that they enjoy. It’s really 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.
Given that the past year will have left many of us feeling out of control and helpless, supporting children and young people to express themselves is arguably more important than ever.
Here are a few simple ways you can encourage your child to express themselves this week. We will also post this onto Google Classroom. It would be lovely to see some of your child’s activities.
For more information, please visit www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk