Children, young people and adults are all being encouraged to celebrate their own uniqueness during Children’s Mental Health Week.
The nationwide campaign, run by the charity Place2Be, the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity that provides in-school support and training to help the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families and staff.
The theme this year places emphasis on “Being Ourselves”. This was chosen after Place2Be found that 8 in 10 children they see in one-to-one sessions suffered from low self esteem.
The charity’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, launched the campaign this week with a heartfelt video that espoused the importance of children feeling comfortable with themselves.
'Our experience of the world at this early stage helps to shape who we become as adults, how we begin to feel comfortable in our own skin.'
In a blog posted on Place2Be’s website, it explained that the campaign was deliberately named ‘ourselves’ instead of ‘myself’ to highlight the importance of community and the support of others in facilitating good mental health.
“Social support and community is particularly important for wellbeing and can have a significant impact on health. By helping children learn to celebrate the unique strengths and qualities of the people around them, schools have a huge opportunity to build resilience and teach children vital coping skills for life.”
Dr Fiona Pienaar from Place2Be, said: “Addressing issues as early as possible and helping children think about how to cope with difficult situations, can help prevent problems from spiralling and becoming more complex later in life.”
Voice interviewed Julia Clements, an educational psychologist from Place2Be about the importance of the campaign and good mental health provision. You can read the interview here.