Children's mental health week was first launched by Place2Be in 2015 to help draw attention to the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year, Children's Mental Health Week will be celebrated between the 3rd and the 9th February.
The 2020 theme is 'Find Your Brave'. Everyone has different ways of being brave, and this year's theme aims to get children finding theirs. Whether it is asking for help, trying something new or pushing outside of their comfort zone...
Finding your Brave can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself.
Life often throws challenges our way. Bravery isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself.
We all have times when we need to Find our Brave.
As part of Children's Mental Health Week, we have created a resource for teachers and other educational professionals to help them spot the early warning signs of a child suffering from mental ill-health.
Amendments to the Education Act 2002 - Mental Health & Wellbeing
Schools will now have a larger responsibility when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. There is a bill currently being discussed in parliament to amend the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010. The amendments would mean that educational institutes would have a responsibility to promote student mental health, support mental ill-health, create policies that promote mental health and the prevention and support of mental ill-health and promote training for school staff surrounding mental health. Read more about other legislation surrounding education and wellbeing that's being discussed in parliament here...
Mental Health Awareness for Educational Professionals
As well as the prevalence of mental ill-health in children, we are aware of the number of those working within education with mental health problems. 47% of education professionals have experienced depression, anxiety or panic attacks due to their work. Our Mental Health Awareness Training for Educational Professionals is broken down into 4 simple sections; Mental Health in Education, Mental Health Problems, Wellbeing toolkit and External Help. This training may also help staff recognise the signs of mental ill-health, not only in their colleagues but also in the children in their classes. There's no better time to get started with this training, get your free trial today!