Development & Relationships Officer
Children’s Mental Health Week (1st- 7th February 2021) is now less than a week away and many schools UK-wide are busy making preparations. For many, this week is often used as a springboard to help launch their school’s approach to developing mental health and wellbeing in their children and wider school community. This is even more important now due to impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic is having on Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.
We at Worth-it are dedicated to helping schools develop positive mental health and wellbeing. Therefore, we asked our team for their top tips on how you can best prepare for Children’s Mental Health Week. Here are our top 5 to ensure it’s a success!
This weeks them for Children’s Mental Health Week is Express Yourself.
Developed By Place2Be, expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.
Place2Be recommend that ‘it’s important to remember that being able to 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, that can help you feel good about yourself.‘ This helps develop self-awareness and self-acceptance essential for wellbeing.
1. Be clear in your approach
Wellbeing and mental health can be very confusing and overwhelming to both children and staff without a clear approach. Holding an SLT meeting will help you produce a clear plan for the week and allow you to decide on your main focus. Pick up to 3 simple things that you as a school can focus on and are easy to implement to get everyone on the same page.
2. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare
We all know that teacher workload is huge, so make sure that you give yourself enough time to plan. Not only will this give you time to be creative and give the week the consideration it deserves, but it’ll also mean that you’re more relaxed going into the week knowing that everything is organised.
3. Collaborate with other schools
Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming trying to organise a whole school event, never mind when it lasts for a week! Try contacting other schools near you so that you can collaborate and share ideas. Not only will this help spread good practice, but it’ll also develop networks and relationships between schools that can be long-lasting.
4. Make it visible
Whatever you’re planning on doing, make sure that it’s visible not only to the children but to the whole staff team. One of the key aims for Children’s Mental Health Week is to increase awareness about mental health and wellbeing, so what easier way to do this than by talking about it in the lead up to the week in staff meetings, assemblies and in classrooms. Simple things like placing posters in key areas around the school can help start conversations amongst the whole school community.
5. Ask your older pupils to be actively involved
Asking the older pupils in your school to be actively involved in driving Children’s Mental Health Week is a great way to ensure the week is a success. Not only will it give them a feeling of empowerment and increased voice, but its also more likely to create ideas that the pupils will enjoy and want to be involved in. This will also help strengthen the pupil community around the school, allowing them to be more supportive of each other.
We’re here to help
We hope that you found our tips to help prepare for Children’s Mental Health Week useful. We at Worth-it are dedicated to helping schools develop positive mental health and wellbeing.
Make sure that you read our other blog on Children’s Mental Health Week that gives you our team’s top 5 practical and meaningful activities for Children’s Mental Health Week.
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