Run by children’s charity Place2Be, this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week theme is ‘Being Ourselves’, which is encouraging children to celebrate what makes them unique.
There are three children in an average classroom facing mental illness and statistics from Place2Be show that low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who receive the charity’s one-to-one support.
This week is important for raising awareness that more must be done to help young people struggling with their mental health.
With 75% of mental illness starting before the age of 18, we believe that intervening early and helping children is key to having life-long impact. It’s why we’re funding researchers to create a tool to identify young people at risk of depression, looking at suicide warning signs in schools and understanding childhood psychosis.
Place2Be are encouraging schools across the country to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, if you’d like to get involved you can help by spreading the word online, sharing the video and downloading their top tips for parents, teachers and children.
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Last updated: 6 February 2018