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Children’s Mental Health Week: Growing Together in 2022

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Children's Mental Health Week will be taking place from the 7th - 13th February. A fantastic movement from Place2Be. The focus on both children and young people's mental health has never needed more attention following the effects of the coronavirus pandemic....

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Michelle

09 Feb 2022


Children’s Mental Health Week will be taking place from the 7th – 13th February. A fantastic movement from Place2Be.


The focus on both children and young people’s mental health has never needed more attention following the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.


Continuous disruptions to the school calendar, multiple lockdowns, having to be distanced from friends at playtime after nearly 2 years has had its knock-on effects.


New research provided by Place2Be has case-studied that 95% of UK school staff have seen a climb in anxiety within young pupils since the start of the new school year.


Since the return of schools following lockdown, teaching staff also found an increase in low self-esteem and lack of confidence amongst children.


The focus for Children’s Mental Health Week for 2022 is “growing together”. The aim of which is for children to think about how they have grown within the last year. As well as helping others to grow and further develop after the effects of the pandemic.


How Do I Get Involved?

Place2be will be hosting a range of free resources to help you get involved in the week activities.


  • Virtual assemblies for primary and secondary schools, in partnership with BAFTA Kids

  • ‘Growth Stories’ interview series featuring familiar faces from the world of TV, music and sport

  • Engaging primary and secondary school activities

  • Top tips and activity ideas for families

  • Social media guide to get involved during the week

Parents and carers can also discover resources that contain stories and tips for both adults and children.

One of the activities is My Changing Shapes – a lovely video showcasing young people on how to illustrate their own personal achievements. An activity helping pupils to take a look back on how they have developed as people from the past and learnt new skills. Coincidentally creating a thought process on how children want to grow in the future.

When outlining the goals of this weeks theme, Place2Be said:


“Growing Together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. “Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. “However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’.


“For Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, we will be encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow.”


Here at Mother Fit we have also collated resources and topics from expert advisor, Jenna Farrelly, Director of Supporting Steps; emotional and behavioural strategies service for parents. Discover our resources below

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Resources

Resource 3: How does our current education system impact our children’s mental wellbeing?

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