Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is delighted to support Children's Mental Health Week this year, held from 1-7 February.
The theme this year is Express Yourself.
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. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you to feel good about yourself.
Children's Mental Health Week is an annual awareness week led by Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools. There are many available resources for parents, carers and schools to download.
There will be a number of activities happening throughout the week, including a Guinness World Record attempt for the 'biggest sing' in partnership with Young Voices. There will also be an assembly hosted in partnership with the Oak National Academy and BAFTA Kids and an online conference focused on 'Creativity as a healing tool'.
CAMHS will be marking the awareness week by encouraging our young people to express themselves in any format and sharing it. We want to celebrate young people’s ability to express themselves and will be publishing all entries in a collage or Art board. Please send your creative pieces to Robin Tay, CAMHS Participation Worker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meg, 17, CAMH Service user and Participation Volunteer, has written a message: “Dear the children and young people that have struggled with their mental health this year. I just wanted to say well done. In spite of everything that has happened you are still going; you are still fighting, and you will get there. The current circumstances we are all facing at the moment are some of the trickiest times ever, and you are doing so well. In this time where everything is so uncertain, you may feel that your struggles are insignificant, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that they are not, and you are deserving of help. Keep being wonderful and please reach out for support if you need it.”
Olivia, Participation Volunteer, said: "Struggling with your mental health is tough and there is no secret passageway or quicker route around it but by reaching out and speaking up when something doesn't feel right around or in you, is your first step to your end goal. The first step not only to feeling okay but to accept that you're not okay and that is completely fine. Your feelings are valid, you are truly enough and you can do this!"