In this three-minute read, we look at some of the positive initiatives inspired by Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
Mental health used to be a taboo subject
This week was Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. In line with this, people look for exciting ways to engage with young people about the issue.
The week’s theme was ‘expressing yourself’ and encouraged young people to find ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas through creativity.
We must encourage open and honest discussion.
Here is a rundown on how people share a message.
Lovely Day for Fundraising
Super smooth music legend Billy Ocean and Youth Voices (YV) – the world’s largest school choir – released a cover version of Bill Withers’ classic tune Lovely Day.
Profits from sales of the single will go to Place2Be, a brilliant mental health charity that provides counseling services in 600 schools across the UK.
Expect to hear more from YV and Mr. Ocean later in the year when they attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous sing-along (multi-venues).
YV set the current record of 293,978 singers sang Lean On Me at 1,616 venues. Similarly, YV hopes to smash this record on 15 June in a mass sing-along streamed live from the O2 Arena in London.
Meditation and Movement
Schools across the UK marked Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in all sorts of ways. For instance, pupils at Norbridge School in Worksop, are enjoying guided meditation. At the same time, youngsters at Gwenfo CW Primary School took pleasure in walking and climbing.
Meanwhile, Inverness launches a new service called Mikeysline. As a result, it provides support to secondary school pupils who are struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings.
Two sporty brothers, recognized that physical activity plays a vital role in warding off depression and anxiety. For instance, Ottavio and Dario Tanzillo, hosted a Virtual Olympics on their YouTube channel Tanzii TV this week.
In a series of light-hearted videos, the brothers, clad in superhero costumes and onesies, demonstrated boxing, hurdling, and fencing.
The goal is to get kids – many of whom have become more sedentary during lockdown – up and moving.
Scientists have long recognized the link between a healthy body and a healthy mind. In addition to, they say regular exercise reduces stress and improves concentration.
A quick book recommendation
If you’d like to learn more about young people and mental health, get a copy of Take My Hand by Pat Sowa. Also, Pat is a former headteacher and campaigner whose son Dom battled mental ill-health. Follow her on Twitter (@pat_sowa).
Visit http://www.place2be.org.uk to donate to Place2Be.
From all of us here at Leysbrook, thanks for reading. Stay safe and take care.
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