This week seems more appropriate than ever given the impact of Covid-19 on children's mental health. There's no doubt, children are struggling with the isolation and frustrations of staying at home, and Place2Be was launched to spotlight the importance of children and young people's mental health. It is predicted that up to 1.5 million children and teenagers across the UK with new or additional mental health need support as a direct consequence of Covid-19. According to the NHS, 1 in 6 children are experiencing a serious mental disorder.
This week, the theme is 'Express Yourself' and is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.
Did you know:-
# 1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood.
# 50% of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14.
# 1 in 10 boys aged 5-19 with a mental health condition are excluded in some form from school.
How can you help?
You can make a donation to help children and teenagers get access to experts and counsellors in schools to try and give to support to a growing pandemic of mental health disorders.