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Children’s Mental Health Week 2017

Children’s Mental Health Week 2017 takes place from the 6th to 12th of February. The week is run by children’s charity Place2Be and this year asks people to spread a little kindness, to make themselves and others happier. 

We know that three children in an average classroom are affected by mental illness, but the majority aren’t getting the right help. Our campaign We Swear aims to bring about much-needed improvements in young people’s mental health through research. Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is an important time to recognise that there is more we can do to support young people facing mental illness

How you can get involved in Children’s Mental Health Week

  • Pay special attention to how you treat others during the week
  • Use the hashtags #alittlekindness and #ChildrensMHW to share how you’re spreading a little kindness on social media
  • Recognise others’ acts of kindness – and if you’re a parent make sure you comment when your child does something kind
  • Get involved with your school or youth group

The facts about young people’s mental health

  • 75% of mental illness starts before the age of 18
  • Only a quarter of young people referred to services are getting the right care
  • 7 in 10 young people haven’t had sufficient care at an early age
  • Less than 30% of the total mental health research spend is focused on children and young people. 

If you’re worried about a child’s mental health

Children and young people can get help or advice on a mental health problem from NHS Choices. Young Minds also offer a helpline for parents who are concerned about a young person's mental health. 

If you're having a mental health emergency find out who to turn to using our urgent help and advice resource

Last updated: 8 February 2017

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