Children’s Mental Health Week was first launched by Place2Be in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Healthy Inside and Out to help us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.
It’s never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle. A few small changes can make a big difference to your body and mind. Health is as much about how you feel mentally as physically, so looking after your mental wellbeing is just as important as keeping fit and active.
The Alliance for Learning are passionate about the health and wellbeing across all generations and one element of our work has seen us working in partnership with Place2Be, the Youth Sport Trust and 42nd Street as part of the GM Mentally Healthy Schools project – for which many of you are involved.
We know from our work in schools that one in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time and many more struggle with challenges from academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty and bereavement. It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need, so we are asking everyone to come together and help support Children’s Mental Health Week by spreading the word in your school or organisation – and shouting about it on social media!
Place2Be have a plethora of resources/activities/ideas to help primary and secondary age children and young people explore what it means to be Healthy Inside and Out, some ideas are attached but more resources are available please click here to access.
Other things you and your school can do to feel more healthy inside and out are of course around being more active! Have you done your Daily Mile every day this week? If not what other activity have you done to meet the guidelines of being active at least 60 mins a day? It really does help you feel better.
Mental Health training opportunities
Our children and young people spend more time in school than they do anywhere else except their own home. School is one of the best places for both educators and students to become increasingly aware of mental health, mental health problems and mental disorders. Our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses teach people to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support.
To find out more please visit:
- Youth MHFA training – http://allianceforlearning.co.uk/cpd/mental-health-and-wellbeing/youth-mental-health-first-aid/
- Adult MHFA training – http://allianceforlearning.co.uk/cpd/mental-health-and-wellbeing/adult-mental-health-first-aid/
- Advanced MH with Early Trauma – http://allianceforlearning.co.uk/cpd/mental-health-and-wellbeing/advanced-mental-health-with-early-trauma/