Monday 4 February to Sunday 10 February is Children’s Mental Health Week, which was started in 2015 by children’s mental health charity Place2Be to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
This year, the week focuses on encouraging children, young people and adults to take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out by looking after their bodies and minds.
Looking after our bodies though the food we eat, the activities we undertake and ensuring we get enough sleep is as important to our mental health as it is to our physical well-being. Similarly, looking after our mental well-being can have a positive impact on our overall physical health.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said:
“Looking after the mental health of children and young people is vital in this ever changing world. We know that more and more children are experiencing mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Taking steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, can help them to feel better in themselves, focus on what they want to do and equip them to better deal with challenges.”
Later this month, 80 school children aged seven to 11 years old who have been nominated as school councillors will attend a mental health conference at Knowsley Youth Mutual. Throughout the day, the children will take part in workshops on mental and physical health, mindfulness and undertake creative activities based around the ten steps to well-being.