January 2023

Children’s Mental Health Week 6 – 12 February 2023. Let’s Connect

The theme for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Let’s Connect.

When considering this theme it makes one realise how many different types of connections there are and how they can enhance people’s mental wellbeing or cause it harm.  We are looking to the positives and one real way of connecting with people is that random act of kindness.  This could be a simple thank you, a smile, helping with chores or offering to do something for someone.

Making that connection with the natural world is something that many people benefitted from during lockdown and learnt to incorporate into their lives.  Let’s not forget how beneficial getting outside and getting connected with nature can be.

Social connections are vital because as people we need the positive presence of others to thrive.  So put down the phone and talk face to face with your friends and family instead. 

The activities that we have put on our Primary resources page give KS2 children to opportunity to reflect on their relationships with the people around them.  Children can complete the activity to see who’s in their various circles of connection.  Who inspires you?  Who might you want to thank?  Who could you contact through a greeting card to brighten their day?  The resources can also be adapted for younger children of the KS1 age group. To download this resource Click Here or visit our resources page to see this, and other resources we have put together.

Then on 7 February it is Safer Internet Day reminding us that the connections we have in our online world need to be safe, positive, caring and kind.

We wish you a happy Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

If you’re struggling just text MRF to 85258 so you can speak to a trained volunteer from Shout, the UK’s Crisis Text Line service

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