Place2Be, a children's mental health charity with over 25 years' experience, launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its eighth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.
This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 7-13 February 2022 and the theme this year is Growing Together.
Some children and young people have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled – with the Coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends and family for so long.
Why raising awareness is so important…
1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.
50% of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14.
1 in 10 boys aged 5-19 with a mental health condition are excluded in some form from school.
Encourage children (and adults) to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow.
Emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’. At these times, we are reminded of how much we need others in our lives to help us to keep growing.
Children should not have to face mental health problems alone.