Children’s Mental Health Week
Resource type: Event
Price band: Free
Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Region(s): All of UK
Children’s Mental Health Week provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the importance of young people’s mental wellbeing. In 2023 Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from 6th – 12th February with a theme of ‘Let’s Connect’.
The Children’s Mental Health Week website provides access to a range of supporting resources for primary and secondary schools, including:
- Activity packs containing assembly guides and class activities.
- Access to training, including Place2Be’s free online Mental Health Champions – Foundation Programme.
About Place2Be: Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools. The charity launched Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015.
- Now and Beyond is a mental health and wellbeing festival for educational settings. Founded by youth mental health charity Beyond, this year’s festival will take place on 8th February and offers a programme of live online events for teachers and pupils as well as access to teaching resources and a directory of youth mental health and wellbeing experts.
- The National Literacy Trust has produced a series of daily writing prompts for KS1, KS2 and KS3 pupils that can be used throughout Children’s Mental Health Week to encourage young people to explore their emotions and write for wellbeing. The prompts can be accessed through the NLT website and will also be published on its social media channels. You can also download assembly presentations for primary and secondary schools that highlight the relationship between reading, writing and wellbeing. All website resources available with the NLT’s free membership.
- BookTrust has compiled lists of recommended titles for all ages that explore issues of mental health and emotional literacy.
- Books for Topics has recommended booklists to support mental health for primary aged children.
- The Reading Well Programme provides booklists that help young people of all ages understand and manage their mental wellbeing.
- Take a look at the mental health and wellbeing book packs for KS1 and KS2 from Best Books for Schools.
- LoveReading4Kids has produced a list of titles that can help children and young people understand their emotions and cope with feelings of anxiety.
- The What’s Up with Everyone campaign is designed to increase mental health literacy in young people. It provides a series of animated stories with a companion website covering topics such as Perfectionism, Loneliness and Social Media.
- Beano for Schools in partnership with Young Minds has created a series of six lesson plans featuring favourite Beano characters to help children understand their emotions and mental health better. The lesson plans include a short animation, PowerPoint presentation and activity sheets. There are versions for KS1 and KS2 and everything is linked to the PSHE curriculums in England, Scotland and Wales.
- The Wellbeing Wednesday teaching schemes are fully resourced wellbeing teaching programmes designed to cover a term’s learning for primary schools.
- Capture and track pupils’ attitudes to reading and their wellbeing with online platform Wellbeing Through Reading.
- The Mentally Healthy Schools website is a mental health information and resource hub for schools.
- Healthy Minds is a set of free resources to support teacher-led workshops and activities for UKS2, KS3 and KS4 students produced by LGfL – The National Grid for Learning in partnership with mental health charity Young Minds.
- Wellbeing Connected is a free-to-access Mental Health and Wellbeing training tool created by LGfL – The National Grid for Learning to help schools develop the skills and confidence to support their pupils, communities and staff.
- Find more resources to support Mental Health and Empathy here.
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