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Children’s Mental Health Week

January 30th 2021| Michael Mountford
January 30th 2021 |

Children’s Mental Health Week

What is Children’s Mental Health Week?

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its seventh year, we hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.

Expressing Yourself is all about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts or ideas through creativity.

It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. Instead, it is about finding a way to show who you are and how you see the world that can help you feel good about yourself.

Place 2 Be

Schools, youth groups, businesses, individuals – we want everyone to get involved with this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week. By combining our efforts, we can raise important awareness and vital funds to help more children and young people get the emotional support they need.

There are so many ways you can take part in the week. You could:

     • Download their Fundraising Kit and organise a Dress to Express fundraising event
     • Spread the word on social media
     • Make a donation and help them to reach more children with vital support
     • Download the Young Voices charity single featuring Billy Ocean and the Young Voices choir

Dress To Express

On Place2Be’ website they promote a fundraising campaign called “Dress To Express”; this is a great way to help you and your school raise some funds for Children’s Mental Health.

This Children’s Mental Health Week, we’re asking you to ‘Dress to Express’. The idea is simple – use colour to express yourself during the week by wearing a colourful outfit and donating £2 to Place2Be.    

Could you organise a Dress to Express Day in your school, organisation or friend group? Download our fundraising guide today, and find out how you can help raise vital funds to help more children and young people get the emotional support they need. 

Virtual Assembly

The assembly will be available to all schools and families at 9am on Monday 1st of February – and will feature pupils and well-known faces discussing the theme of Children’s Mental Health Week, as well as ways that children and young people can get involved at home. It will be hosted by Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell and CBBC Presenter and Place2Be Champion Rhys Stephenson.

As the majority of pupils are now at home, the assembly will provide an easy way to bring the nation’s children together (virtually) with a positive message about the power of creative self-expression. Famous faces and contributors will also be taking part live from their homes.

Check out their blog post here to find more information and to sign up for email alerts to know instantly about any new details regarding Children’s Mental Health Week.


This year, to highlight this important week with your learners, use our Children’s Mental Health Week resources during your lessons. Have discussions with your pupils and ask them to express themselves in a creative and inspiring way.

Below are a handful of our new resources which are great ways to start getting involved with talking about Children’s Mental Health Week.

Click the link here to see all of our resources that we have created in order to help you talk about self expression in your class and promote Children’s Mental Health Week.

Feelings Charades – Self-Expression Mental Health Activity
All About You – Self-Expression Mental Health Activity
Express Who You Are Journal – Self-Expression Mental Health Activity
Express Yourself Writing Journal – Self-Expression Mental Health Activity

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for teaching about Rosa Parks on her birthday.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below and they might even get added to the topic calendar!

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