This year, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has themed Mental Health Awareness Week around nature, claiming it is “our great untapped resource for a mentally healthy future.” Check out their suggestions for how to best connect with naturehere.
The MHF promotes Mental Health Awareness Week toencourage open discussions about mental health and provide support to those who need it.
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, nearly 400,000 children and 2.2m adults in the UK have sought help with their mental health during the pandemic, with NHS digital data showing that this crisis is affecting under-18s the most.
Earlier this year Childline raised concerns about mental health counselling services. Passing50,000 sessionsacross the UK between April – December 2020, there was a 16% increase in the average mental health counselling session for children aged up to 11 years old anda 10% rise in counselling about loneliness across all groups.
“The impact of multiple lockdowns during the COVID–19 pandemichas brought profound challengesfor children and young people.Every child deserves access to the right support andour focus on their Mental Health has never been more important.”
Colin Stitt, Head of Service and Safer Schools, INEQE Safeguarding Group.
The temptation to rush back into “normal” is at an all-time high. As we begin to revert to the old routines, returning to school, work and extracurricular activities, it’s easy to become frustrated, disappointed, or anxious. At INEQE Safeguarding Group, we are here to help you support the children and young people in your care. Below, you’ll find some useful links to some of our mental health awareness resources.
To learn more about how you can support children with their mental health, you can access our Free CPD certified Mental Health Awareness Course in the Safer Schools App.