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Children’s Mental Health Week 2021

Last week primary school students learned  to express themselves through fun activities and exercises to teach them about their own mental health. The learning was all part of BSKL’s participation in Children’s Mental Health Week, a growing global movement that shines a spotlight on mental health in young people.

It was a fantastic week filled with creativity including drawings, dancing, expressive dressing and colour representations.

“Children's Mental Health [Week] has raised awareness of this important issue during a time when looking after each other and ourselves is more important than ever. It has been wonderful to see the children expressing themselves through dressing up, art, music and even in our Philosophy for Children sessions this week," Jessica Weaire, Head of Year 5 said.

Activities promote positive mental health

On Dress to Express Day the children wore their favourite colours or chose a range of colours that expressed how they were feeling. They learned that colour can be very personal and mean different things to different people. This was a great opportunity to encourage expression and celebrate a diverse range of emotions with the children.

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Children also created their ‘Resilience Shield’. The shields represented the children with words, colours and the things that make them feel great.

Shield Shield

“My shield says beautiful, strong and grateful,” Abigail, in 1B Crocodiles, said.

Mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression, can happen at any age. Addressing this allows for early intervention and prevention, especially in these trying times the whole world is going through. BSKL’s focus during Children’s Mental Health Week was to support children by teaching or encouraging them to find ways to positively express how they feel and seek support when needed.

“If you have a worry, talk about it! Don’t hold onto the worry and let it grow, grow, grow!” added a Year 1 student.

“We want children to take risks and be ambitious however, we passionately believe this is only possible if they feel safe, understood and free to make mistakes.  We believe our values are the essence of what makes BSKL a place where children are empowered to truly express themselves,” Simon Clarke, Deputy Head of Primary (Pastoral and Safeguarding) said.

The week was a success with students learning real, age-appropriate, skills to help them understand their mental health. You can learn more Children’s Mental Health Week and Place2Be, the UK-based charity that began the global movement, on their website.

 

 

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