Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place between 6-12 February, with the theme for this year being ‘Let's Connect’.
The week plays an important role in shining a spotlight on the importance of children’s mental health and is focused on getting children and adults to find creative ways to share their thoughts, feelings and emotions.
The importance of children and young people's mental health has never been more critical, with 1 in 6 children or young people having a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.
As a club running age groups from Under 4’s upwards, we understand the importance that sports can play for children, the joy it can bring to them and the impact on their mental well-being.
The benefits of sport on a child’s mental health are endless: improved mood, decreased chances of depression and anxiety and a more balanced and active lifestyle.
This years theme, Let’s Connect, is about making meaningful connections for all, during Children’s Mental Health Week – and beyond. People thrive in communities, and this connection is vital for our wellbeing.
When we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing. And when our need for rewarding social connections is not met, we can sometimes feel isolated and lonely – which can have a negative impact on our mental health.
For Children's Mental Health Week and beyond, we encourage children (and adults) connect with others in healthy, rewarding and meaningful ways. We know that there are countless examples of this throughout the club.
Place2Be, who organise Children's Mental Health Week are proud to work in partnership with Shout to provide 24/7 text support to those in need. If children are feeling anxious, worried, stressed or just need some support, make sure that they do not keep it to themselves. Text CONNECT to 85258, and somebody will be there to listen.
For more information on Children’s Mental Health Week please visit www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk.