Set up by the children’s mental health charity Place2Be, this designated week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme of Healthy: Inside and Out encourages everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.
When people talk about being healthy, they are usually thinking about eating the right food, exercising and getting enough sleep. Place2Be reminds us it is important to look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too. Mental health issues are not restricted to adults: schools recognise that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many struggle with difficulties in every day living.
Our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help healthy inside and out our mental wellbeing too. It doesn’t have to be difficult.
Place2Be has produced a range of resources to support parents and children in thinking about how they look after their bodies and minds. It might be talking to each other, a friend or a trusted adult; noticing something that makes you feel good and thinking about why it does; or deciding to do something new to look after your body and mind.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s bodies and minds are different. There’s no such thing as a perfect body or mind so people might pick different things that help them feel Healthy: Inside and Out – and that’s OK!
For more information, including guides for parents, carers and children, check out the Place2Be website at: www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk
If you are a child or parent, you can find out about organisations that can help at: www.place2be.org.uk/usefulcontacts
Children and young people can also call the Childline helpline at 24 hours a day on 0800 1111