3rd December 2023, 11:00 - 1:00
Posted: 1st February 2023
Children's Mental Health Week
This week is Children’s Mental Health Week! Even though this week is dedicated to Children’s Mental Health, it is important to know that we want to help make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK, every day of the year – not just this week!
This year's theme is “Let’s Connect” – it is all about making meaningful connections. Connection is vital for our wellbeing. Having healthy connections – to family, friends and others – can support our mental health and sense of wellbeing.
We have designed wellbeing activity sheets and colouring pages, aimed at various ages from toddlers to teens. You can download and print as many as you would like, you can find them here. These are free, however, we are asking for donations so that we can help as many people as possible to get access to mental health support. There are also free resources listed on the Children's Mental Health Week website.
If you or someone you know does need support, find out here how we can help you.
Did you know…?
- 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.
- The number of A&E attendances by young people aged 18 or under with a recorded diagnosis of a psychiatric condition more than tripled between 2010 and 2018-19.
- 1 in 8 11 to 16 year old social media users reported that they had been bullied online.
- 83% of young people with mental health needs agreed that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse.
- Nearly half of 17-19 year-olds with a diagnosable mental health disorder has self-harmed or attempted suicide at some point
- Suicide was the leading cause of death for males and females aged between five to 34 in 2019.
- 1 in 3 mental health problems in adulthood are directly connected to an adverse childhood experience.