For Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 we highlighted the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Place2Be invited everyone – children, young people and adults – to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others.
We launched the Week with a special video message from Place2Be’s Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, who spoke to pupils, parents and staff at Reach Academy Feltham about the significance of childhood and the role adults can play in helping children to be the best version of themselves.
Place2Be also published new research into mental health support in schools, in partnership with NAHT, BACP and UKCP. The research found that almost half (45%) of school leaders have found it difficult to commission mental health support for their pupils, and over a third (34%) of counsellors and psychotherapists who work with children and young people said it was difficult to provide their services to schools.
Another highlight was our series of ‘Being Ourselves’ videos with BAFTA Kids, in which pupils, school leaders and celebrities shared one thing that makes them who they are. Place2Be and BAFTA Kids also launched a selfie competition and 12 winners had their drawings turned into a special film about ‘Being Ourselves’.
We were delighted to see so many schools across the United Kingdom and abroad getting involved in inventive ways and sharing how they were supporting the Week across social media, as well as on our interactive Children’s Mental Health Week map .