This year one of the areas in the Lady Bankes Primary School development plan is to ensure that everyone in our school has access to a positive mental health toolkit. We will be working on this aspect during the year with the aim of achieving the Optimus Education Wellbeing Award in association with the National Children's Bureau.
Thank you to all our families who completed the wellbeing survey in November 2023. We will be using the valuable information on it as we work through our action plan.
Children’s Mental Health Week
Children's Mental Health Week 2024 will take place from 5–11 February 2024. This year's theme is 'My Voice Matters'.
My Voice Matters is about empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves. During Children’s Mental Health Week we want all children and young people, whoever they are, and wherever they are in the world, to be able to say – and believe - “My Voice Matters”.
The UN Convention on The Rights of the Child states that "Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. "
As adults, we should empower children and young people, and provide them with time, space, and opportunities to express themselves. We must also ensure they have opportunities to influence aspects of their worlds that directly - or indirectly - affect their wellbeing. Empowering children and young people can have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing. For example, children and young people who feel that their voices are heard - and that what they say makes a difference - have higher levels of self-efficacy and selfesteem. They also have a greater sense of community – and as people become empowered, they can work together to create positive changes for themselves and for others.
We will be acknowledging this week with Dress to Express – wear a colourful outfit to express yourself and donate £2 which we will split between Place 2 Be and Lady Bankes Primary School to support Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing. Children and staff can wear their favourite colour or a unique outfit to express how they are feeling, it can be as simple or elaborate as you like! Dress to Express is an opportunity for self-expression.
Useful websites, strategies and resources.
As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Check out these free resources for families from Place2be.
These fun interactive videos are an amazing free resource designed for pupils to enjoy movement, mindful moments and encourage feelings of calm.
Mental Health toolkit
This self-care plan walks primary-aged children through a series of steps, helping them create a simple self-care plan that works for them. It helps children identify activities that they can use to support their mental health.
This A-Z guide gives you advice on how to help your child with their feelings and behaviour, as well as mental health conditions and life events.
This is an online resource for families with specific support in how to talk to your child about key worries: https://www.mindedforfamilies.org.uk/young-people
If you are looking to develop relaxation for your child, have a look at this website: https://www.relaxkids.com/
For support and advice around building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, visit the Change4Life website: https://www.nhs.uk/healthier-families/
For advice and support for concerns around bullying, cyberbullying, depression, anxiety and many more, please visit the NSPCC website: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/
For further information and support, around mental health, please visit: Every Mind Matters - NHS (www.nhs.uk)