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Children's Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week, which starts on February 7, throws a spotlight on the issue of wellbeing and making time to do something that makes you feel good and becomes part of a routine.

Maybe make a special effort to increase your focus on developing a new or existing skill, or take time to think about your own future potential.

Librarian Miss Robinson has collated some ideas on different ways to become involved with Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week when everyone is encouraged to consider how they have grown and how they can help others 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.

Take a look at the following short films of growth and wellbeing activities to try:

George the Poet’s spoken word piece was shared by Random Acts - Channel 4’s home for creative short films:

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Reading also provides vital support with more than half of them saying it made them feel better (National Literacy Trust) and around a third said it helped when they could not see family and friends.

Our academy library has a huge variety of books for your dose of reading escapism, along with a range of fiction and non-fiction books which focus on mental health and wellbeing,

You can also choose new reading material at home with thousands of free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics and eMagazines from: 

There are also a range of titles to help with the whole subject, with everything from celebrity stories to mood-boosting titles.!?cat=2592,2593&sortOption=Relevance&pageNo=1&pageSize=8

Premiership football stars and Prince William discuss the importance of looking after your mental health (note the conversation touches on some serious issues including suicide)

Nadiya Hussian, the winner of The Great British Bake Off, talks about living with a panic disorder

Radio 1 presenter Katie Thistleton talks about how opening up is the first big step towards recovery

Radio 1 DJ and former CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton dropped into Newsround HQ to chat to De’Graft about why it’s important to ask for help (during Children’s Mental Health Week 2020)

Please visit our Safeguarding and information for families page:

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult. If you'd like to speak to someone outside of your immediate circle, here are some places to find help:

  • If you need urgent help, you can contact Shout who run a Crisis Text Line. It's available 24 hours a day for anyone in the UK. Text CONNECT to 85258

  • You can contact Childline to speak to a counsellor online or over the phone.