From 1 – 7 February 2021, Sweet Education Ltd is proud to be supporting Children’s Mental Health Week.
Children’s Mental Health Week was launched in 2015 by Place2Be to raise awareness of the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
This year the theme for the week is Express Yourself and is about finding ways to share thoughts, feelings, and ideas through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing, poetry, dance, drama, photography and more.
According to Place2Be, around three children in every primary school class has a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges such as bullying and bereavement. They also found that 50 per of people with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14.
Whether you are someone that works with children, a teacher, a parent, a carer, or just someone passionate about spreading the word, head over to www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/ find out how you can get involved.
This week at Sweet, we will be using our social platforms to help raise awareness of this important issue. You can get involved on social media by using the hashtag #childrensmentalhealthweek. We have also put together a list of useful websites, resources, apps and more for you and children and young people to turn to.*
Children’s Mental Health Support:
Children’s Mental Health Week: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/
Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its seventh year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.
Since Place2Be was founded in 1994, they have grown into a national charity. They now offer a range of services in over 600 schools across the UK.
Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk/
Young Minds are a leading UK charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.
Beat Eating Disorders: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/
Beat Eating Disorders support people who have or are worried they have an eating disorder, as well as others affected, such as friends and family members.
The Children’s Society: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/
The Children’s Society are a national charity working to transform the hopes and happiness of young people facing abuse, exploitation, and neglect. They support children and young people through their most serious life challenges and campaign social changes that will improve the lives of those who need hope most.
Headspace App: https://www.headspace.com/
Free mindfulness exercises, guided meditations, animations, articles and videos,
Calm App: https://www.calm.com/
Free mindfulness exercises, guided meditations, relaxation and sleep exercises, videos and more.
MeeTwo App: https://www.meetoo.help/
The MeeToo app allows young people to talk anonymously about difficult things with other people of a similar age or experience. They can get help with problems or use their experiences to help others. The app is a safe space where all posts and replies are checked before going live so there is no harassment, bullying or grooming.
Catch It App: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/catch-it/
Online thought and mood diary, Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.
Calm Harm App: https://calmharm.co.uk/
Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Calm Harm provides tasks to help resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password and personalise the app if you so wish.
WorryTree App: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/worrytree/
The WorryTree app aims to help you take control of worry wherever you are. You can use the app to record whatever you feel worried about. It uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help you notice and challenge your worries. It can also help you create an action plan for managing worry.
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Mental Health Matters Wales: https://www.mhmwales.org.uk/
Mental Health Matters Wales is an independent non-profit, non-political charity which works with people who have a mental health related issue, other voluntary organisations and statutory services to promote mental well-being and to ensure there is a comprehensive range of mental health services in Wales.
*Sweet Education Ltd has not been paid to promote any charity or organisation, nor are we affiliated with them in anyway. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and purely intended as helpful signpost towards supporting resources.