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Mental Health Awareness Week 5-11 February

Children’s Mental Health Week 5-11 February

An estimated 10 per cent of children aged 5 to 16 years suffer from ill mental health in the United Kingdom. Like adults, children can display a range of mental health issues, from depression and conduct disorders, to hyperactivity and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Managing these problems can often be just as difficult for children as it can be for adults, and coping mechanisms are often harmful and long-lasting. Children’s Mental Health Week takes place from 5th to 11th February 2018 to raise awareness of children suffering with mental health issues in the United Kingdom, using a theme to encourage as many people as possible to get involved.

We’ve all known someone going through a tough time, and it can be hard to know what to do to help

  • It may sound simple but in these moments, small acts of kindness can make all the difference. Whether it’s lending a listening ear, offering a helping hand, or just telling someone how much you appreciate them – it can make a big difference.
  • And just as important, we need to remember to be kind to ourselves.

#Being Ourselves

  • For Children’s Mental Health Week 2018, we encouraged children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. It was all about #BeingOurselves!
  • When we have a positive view of ourselves it can help us to cope with life’s challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others can allow us to connect with those around us – which is vital for our own and others’ wellbeing.

Duchess of Cambridge launches Mental Health Week

Links to Resources

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

https://youngminds.org.uk/

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/help-young-people-access-the-mental-health-support-they-need

https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/mental-health-services-explained/Pages/camhs-information-for-parents.aspx

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/mental-health-suicidal-thoughts-children/

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