CHILD MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2021

Introduction: Express yourself

This year, Children’s Mental Health Week (CMHW) is the first week in February, and schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will be taking part. Every year CMHW has a special theme and this year the theme is Express Yourself

Sometimes it can be difficult to talk about how you are feeling, but there are lots of other ways to express yourself. such as art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, or any way you can think of. You can also use these methods to express ideas, thoughts and plans you may have. But remember, expressing yourself is not about being better than others, or putting on a performance (as you might do in a school play) but is about showing others - even if it is just a row of teddy bears - who you are and how you see the world, in a way that can help you feel better about yourself.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s video message to mark the start of the Children’s Mental Health Week.

This toolkit from Mentally Healthy Schools and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families includes resources for children, staff and parents.

A letter for all parents and carers from Place2Be introducing them to Children's Mental Health Week 2021. It includes some simple ways in which you can encourage your child to express themselves.

Assembly guides

All assembly guides can be  can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning.  They include links to videos and other resources.

Express yourself activities

All activities can be  can be adapted for use in school, home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning.  They include links to videos and other resources.

Other resources