Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from 5-11 February 2024. The theme this year 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.
Here you can find a range of support for children and young people, tips for parents/carers and resources for schools.
Children’s Mental Health Week:
Helpful downloads for young people, parents and carers and schools.
Whether you’re a young person, a parent, guardian, carer or professional – you can find and download helpful information and signposting.
Click below to view, print and download the primary and secondary school workshops and ice breakers.
This fun and interactive workshop can be used with primary age children. You can pick and mix the activities you want to do and make it your own!
This fun and interactive workshop can be used with secondary age children. You can pick and mix the activities you want to do and make it your own!
Aimed at younger primary age children, with the letter of gratitude children can show others that they matter.
Get crafty and break the ice! This template has a pre-populated version and a blank version, the choice is yours.
Note to Head teachers: the guide for parents can be distributed through school newsletters!
View and download the Mental Health an Emotional Wellbeing guide View and download Mental Health Support for young people in LeicestershireView and download Mental Health Support for young people in Leicester City
Support for young people
Health for Teens is a fantastic resource for young people to find out more about health, covering the likes of feelings, growing up, health, lifestyle, relationships and sexual health. Young people can also access localised information, news, resources, public health (school) nurse information and more in the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland area of the health for teens site.
Mental Health Support Teams in Schools (MHST) are part of a national programme to reduce inequalities and increase access to mental health support for children and young people. The LPT service works with almost 100 schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The teams offer support to children and young people who are experiencing:
- low mood
- anxiety and avoidance (e.g. simple phobias or separation anxiety)
- sleep difficulties
The team can provide techniques and strategies to children and young people, either on a direct 1:1 basis, or within school groups. MHST also work closely with parents/carers to help them understand and support their child’s mental health.
To find out if your school is part of the programme and for advice on how to be referred, visit the Health For Teens website.
ChatAutism is a confidential, secure and free text messaging service for diagnosed autistic people of all ages and their families and carers – as well as people who want advice around assessment and diagnosis.
Text 07312 277097 for advice and support directly from a qualified health professional from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s specialist autism team (SAT).
The service can help with things such as:
- emotional wellbeing
- how to have a healthy lifestyle
- how to have healthy relationships
- advice on drugs, alcohol and smoking
- support with understanding autism
- signposting to helpful resources
- assessment and diagnosis advice.
For more information and support on Autism, visit our Autism Space.
Kooth is an online service that offers individuals a safe community to support their mental health. Aimed at adults, students and young people.
For more information, visit the Kooth website.
Childline is a private and confidential helpline for children and young people under 19.
Calls are free on 0800 1111.
For more information, visit the Childline website.
Young Minds is an online service that offers support and guidance to young people and their families.
For more information, visit the Young Minds website.
Minds is an online service that offers support and guidance to young people and their families.
For more information, visit the Mind website.
NHS Online support
The NHS website offers mental health and wellbeing support and guidance to young people and their families.
For more information, visit the NHS website.
Support for under 5’s and primary age children
From pregnancy through to pre-school, Health for Under 5s offers a great choice of health related information for parents and carers of 0 to 5 year olds, helping you to enjoy healthy, happy early years with your little ones.
Health for Kids enables primary school age children to learn about health in a fun and interactive way. They can venture into the four different worlds discovering exciting activities, playing games and taking quizzes along the way.
Support for parents, guardians and carers
As a parent, guardian or carer it’s important to look after your own mental health. Find information and support for your mental health, as well as helpful downloads here.
Mental Health top tips for parents and carers
There are things that everyone can do to support children and young people’s mental wellbeing. These include:
- Ensuring children and young people have a healthy sleep routine, which can have a huge impact on their mood. Make sure they also eat a well-balanced diet and exercise to keep their body healthy to help them feel their best.
- Encourage connections with family, friends and the wider community; set aside quality time to spend together and support them to make connections in the community through hobbies, sports or volunteering.
- Show an interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
- Make time to talk to your child and listen to what they have to say about their day and their feelings. Support them if they are having difficulties. Advice on how to talk to children can be found on the Young Minds website and advice on dealing with difficult behaviours and emotions can be found on the Maudsley Charity website.
Health for Kids: Grownups provides health related advice and information specifically to parents and carers of 5 –11 year olds. Parents and carers can also access localised information, including news, public health (school) nurse contact details and local services in the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland area.