This week, it is Children’s Mental Health Week where we revalue mental health for children. For this year’s theme we are talking about growing together. It’s a week where we develop a more of a supportive society by having conversations with family, friends and peers about mental health for children whilst including the voices of children.
Why not watch a young person’s Draw My Life Video about their Mental Health Journey! One in four of us will experience a mental health struggle each year! Know that you are not alone if you are struggling with mental health.
Talking about mental health allows people to feel more comfortable talking about mental health and how important it is to do so. Talking allows communities to talk openly about mental health and feel empowered to pursue help when we need it.
The week aims to help take away the fear and stigma around mental health for children. Many people bottle up their feelings as they are afraid of how other people may see them. However, once someone opens up, there is more of a chance for someone to improve.
It is important to talk about and teach children and young people on how to communicate their feelings properly. The sooner they learn the better outcome it will have in the future as people won’t be holding in their feelings for a longer period of time.
It also allows children and young people to express their emotions in a way that best suits them. Talking to children and young people about their mental health can be used as an early intervention technique. It gives them stability as they feel like their feelings are being heard and are being told that their emotions are valid.
What happened last year?
Last year, Children Mental Health Week focused on Expressing Yourself. Expressing yourself is an important part of mental health. It’s where children and young people can develop a sense of who they are knowing that they won’t be judged by others. It allows them to be themselves and be comfortable with who they are.
Overall, today is a day where we express how important talking about mental health is. Show people who you care about that you have their back and that they can come to you whenever they feel down.