Resources

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 – Express Yourself

This year Mental Health Awareness Week ran from the 1st-7th February.  The theme of Children's Mental Health Week this year is 'Express Yourself'. The aim is to encourage children to express themselves in a variety of ways. For example, expressing yourself can be about sharing your feelings, thoughts and ideas through creativity. Children could express how they feel through a piece of artwork or writing, or they could express it through a performance such as dance or drama.

 

An important part of this theme is that expressing yourself doesn't mean that you're the best at something. It's all about finding a way to show other people who you are and how you feel. It's about showing how you see the world and finding a way to 'express yourself' which feels good to you. Expressing yourself in a way that's unique to you is a great way to improve mental wellbeing.

 

 

This year, Place2Be is encouraging both children and adults to explore the different ways that we can express ourselves. It's time to get creative and express your feelings, thoughts and ideas, through poetry, song, dance, or whatever it is that interests you. The link below looks back at the week.

 https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/news/look-back-at-children-s-mental-health-week-2021/

 

 The following resources and websites for children and families can be used  to support mental health and wellbeing for our children and families during Covid-19 and beyond.

 

https://youtu.be/Qcyc68d6OAk (promotional video)

https://mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2036/seven-days-of-kindness-calendar.pdf

For Mental Health Awareness Week (and any time after that!)

 

 

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/games_expressive#filter

A selection of games to help children cope with their feelings and to relax while having fun.

 

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2025/coronavirus-anxiety-toolkit.pdf

Coronavirus: resources for managing anxiety and improving wellbeing.

 

https://www.healios.org.uk/news/45-thinkninja-and-covid-19

A free app for children aged 10-18 to support their mental health needs.

 

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/coronavirus-support/

A free website with resources to support children during Covid-19.

 

https://www.gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home-kids-games-and-videos/

Resources to help children keep active, be mindful and learn. Catman in Space is definitely worth a go!