Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its seventh year, we hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.
From 1-7 February 2021 schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK took part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme was Express Yourself.
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.
It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.
For Children's Mental Health Week 2021 we encouraged 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.
Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or carer, passionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be, you can help us reach as many people as possible.
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools, using tried and tested methods backed by research.
We believe that children should not have to face mental health problems alone.
Last year, Place2Be worked with 700 schools in England, Scotland and Wales, reaching 380,691 children and young people.
Over 30,000 UK teachers and school staff have signed up to our online Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme, which enhances professionals’ understanding of children’s mental health and introduces approaches that foster positive wellbeing in schools and communities.
Last year, 418 people completed a child counselling qualification through Place2Be and 1,039 people attended a ‘Taster Day’, building an ever-growing body of professionals who specialise in working with children and young people.