Mental Health and Wellbeing
Children’s Mental Health Week
1-7 Feb 2021
From 1-7 February 2021, we’re taking part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is EXPRESS YOURSELF and we’re encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.
When we express ourselves we don’t have to be a great artist or a wonderful dancer. It’s not about being the very best at something or putting on a performance. Let’s encourage each other to find lots of different ways to get creative and express ourselves.
Each day this week, we will be taking part in a different theme:
Monday 1st February - Introduction to Children's Mental Health Week.
Tuesday 2nd February – Express yourself through Art
Wednesday 3rd February – Express yourself through Dance/movement
Thursday 4th February – Express yourself through Music
Friday 5th February – Dress to Express Day
On Friday, the children were asked to express themselves through their clothes, hair etc. They could wear their favourite colour or choose a range of colours that express how they were feeling. Colour can be very personal and mean different things to different people, so this is a great opportunity to encourage self-expression and celebrate a diverse range of emotions.
Some children also shared videos of how they like to relax and feel calm. Some children like to sing and dance; others like to play an instrument or create digital animations.
Every Mind Matters
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We are part of Barnet's Resilient schools and are currently involved in the well being project which aims to support our parents, carers, children and the staffs wellbeing and mental health. We will keep you updated with resources and links to help start the mental health conversation.
A Message for Parents, Children and Young People
Public Health England’s new 'Every Mind Matters' mental health campaign has some famous faces who read extracts from the best-selling author Charlie Mackesy’s well-known book, "The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse" to help inspire us all to speak more openly about our mental health and to ask for help when we may need it.
By talking openly about mental health from a young age, children can learn to better understand their emotions, break down stigma, and feel safe enough to reach out for help when it’s needed.
Talking about mental health and expressing our feelings can be difficult, no matter our age.
Be Kind to your Mind
Mindfulness means paying full attention to something; slowing down to really notice what you are doing.
Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.
You can complete a personal ‘Mind Plan’, a quick and free interactive tool offering adults tailored mental wellbeing advice.
Please click on the buttons below for some helpful websites
This free course for adults explores a range of simple strategies that either adults or children can use to create a sense of calm and wellbeing.
Useful weblinks for Children
This simple emotion and activity tracker is designed to help children identify trigger points and positivity in their day-to-day life. Click here or on the image for the PDF.
Wellbeing improves as Resilience increases
Resilience is the process of handling stress and the capacity to recover quickly in the face of difficulties. We can learn to be more resilient.
Activities to increase Resilience
Doing good is an essential ingredient to being happy, and happiness helps spark kindness and generosity.
Giving to others releases endorphins, activating the parts of our brains that are associated with trust, pleasure, and social connection.
This simple board game explores common scenarios that children may encounter in their day-to-day life at home or at school, and the resilience they may need for tackling them. Click on the image to download the PDF game.
This resource teaches children about resilience and the steps they may need to take to achieve their goals. Click on the ladder.
Kickstart your Health
Children's Mental Health Week
The theme is 'Express Yourself'.
It's important to know that support is available, even if services seem busy at the moment because of coronavirus. If you require urgent help, please seek advice here from the NHS.