‘Growing Together’ is this years theme of Children’s Mental Health Week (3rd-7th February)
The week, put in place by charity Place2Be, was created to encourage children to think about how they have grown and how they can help others to grow. They have teamed up with BAFTA kids to create virtual assemblies for primary and secondary schools to help children explore the theme. Both assemblies feature messages from award-winning actress Olivia Colman.
1 in 6 children have diagnosable mental health disorders, with women aged 17-22 being the most at risk. This is five children in every classroom that struggle with disorders. One-third of mental health diagnoses in adulthood are connected to childhood experiences.
Almost half of 17-19 year-olds who have diagnosable mental health disorders, have self-harmed or attempted suicide, young woman rising to 52.7%.
Since the pandemic, 80% of young people suffering with mental health needs have said that their mental health is worse.
As the number of children seeking support increases, specialist services have become overstretched so many people have resorted to finding their own ways of coping as waiting lists increase.
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By Maddison Waterman