It is Children’s Mental Health Week. The week was started in 2015 by Place2B, an organisation that provides mental health support to children in primary and secondary schools across the UK, as well as to parents.
Place2B says that over 8 out of 10 children they have spoken to have experienced low self-esteem. By having a more positive view of yourself you are better equipped to tackle life’s challenges and connect more to others. The theme for this years’ Children’s Mental Health Week is a celebration of belonging and #BeingOurselves.
It’s not easy to talk about mental health. For children it can be harder as they might not have the vocabulary to articulate the feelings they are experiencing. Parents, teachers, carers should spread the word and encourage more people, children and adults a like, to celebrate the qualities that make them unique.
The Royal Patron of Place2B is the Duchess of Cambridge. Watch the video below where she speaks to pupils, parents, and teachers about the importance of #BeingOurselves.
Video used with kind permission of Place2B.