It has been Children’s Mental Health Week between 1-7 February, with the theme for this year being ‘Express Yourself’.
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, many which continue through to adulthood.
With schools shut for most pupils right now and clubs such as ours currently unable to resume, the way we are living our lives couldn't be more different.
As a club running age groups from Under 4’s upwards, we understand the importance that sports can play for children and the smiles it can bring to their faces.
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.
Throughout the latest lockdown many of our age groups have been working hard to keep the players engaged, with one example being our U13’s, who continue to run weekly zoom fitness sessions for the players.
It is important to remember that this year’s theme of ‘Express Yourself’ is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others, it is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, and how that can help you to feel good about yourself.
For Children's Mental Health Week and beyond, we encourage children (and adults) to explore the different and creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas, and we also look forward to the return to football so our players can continue to express themselves back on the pitch too.
For more information on Children’s Mental Health Week and to watch a virtual assembly on this year’s theme, please visit www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk.