When my sister and I became aware of Children’s Mental Health Week, right away we knew it was a topic that we wanted to do for our blog. Mental health and wellbeing are so important at any time, but right now worldwide as we are living through this pandemic it is even more essential that we try our best to look after ourselves and take care of our mental state of mind…..
Please see: Children’s Mental Health Week 1st – 7th February 2021 which covers:
- Introduction/Our Story
- YouTube Video: Children’s Mental Health Week 1st – 7th February 2021
- Illustrative Examples: Children’s Mental Health Week 1st – 7th February 2021
- Children’s Mental Health Week 1st – 7th February 2021
- Illustrative Examples: Children’s Mental Health and Covid-19
- Children’s Mental Health and Covid-19
- Illustrative Examples: Children’s Mental Health and Grief
- Children’s Mental Health and Grief
- Our Final Thoughts/YouTube Video
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1. Introduction/Our Story
When my sister and I became aware of Children’s Mental Health Week, right away we knew it was a topic that we wanted to do for our blog.
Mental health and wellbeing are so important at any time, but right now worldwide as we are living through this pandemic it is even more essential that we try our best to look after ourselves and take care of our mental state of mind.
This pandemic is something that we have never experienced before on a worldwide basis, and it is affecting us all in different ways daily. There are also the families who are dealing with having lost loved ones to this virus, or who have lost loved ones during this pandemic but not necessarily due to Coronavirus. The loss of a loved one at any time can be heart-breaking, but during this pandemic it is even more heart-breaking due to all of the restrictions that are in place because of the virus. It truly is trying times.
Mental health is important no matter your age. At a young age, you are very impressionable. Although as adult’s the world we once knew has drastically changed, it is the same for children. They can no longer go to school, they no longer interact with their school friends face to face. Exams have possibly been cancelled again for secondary school children. This could have a lasting effect on them in ways that could be hard to determine.
The children are our future, and this has changed the world as they started to get to know it. Although children can be resilient who knows the impact this is having on them?
We started our blog because we wanted to share our story to try and help others who might be going through something similar, or who might know someone going through something similar. This all came about because of our Dad falling ill in September 2016, sadly passing away in March 2017. In our blog, we talk about ourselves, but what we also realise is that although we lost our Dad, my nephews (my sisters sons) lost their Grandad, and they were close to him as well. Their loss counts, their feelings matter. Their mental state of mind is important (We also have a topic on Mindfulness And: Grief, Exercise, Sleep, Anxiety, Children, Coronavirus AND: Children and Grief/Children Grief Awareness).
For all of the reasons in this introduction, we felt it necessary and only natural to do this a topic for our blog. Please see: Children’s Mental Health Week 1st – 7th February 2021
2. YouTube Video: Children’s Mental Health Week 1st – 7th February 2021
Children’s Mental Health Week 2021: Express Yourself
With Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 just over four months away, today Place2Be have announced that next year’s theme is Express Yourself. Learn more at childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk
3. Illustrative Examples: Children’s Mental Health Week 1st – 7th February 2021
4. Children’s Mental Health Week 1st – 7th February 2021
“Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021. This year’s theme is Express Yourself”.
“Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 – Express Yourself. From 1-7 February 2021 schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will take part”…
“2 Nov 2020 — For this year’s theme Express Yourself, Place2Be is encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves”, …
“Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from 1st-7th February. It will highlight, and raise awareness of, children’s mental health and ask them to express”…
“Children’s Mental Health Week 2021: primary assembly and guide. Use these free resources from Place2Be to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week on 1st”…
“February 1 – February 7. This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021 and the”…
“Children’s mental health week. / Events / Awareness / Children’s mental health week. 1st February 2021. Date/Time Date(s) – 01/02/2021 – 07/02/2021”.
“— Children’s Mental Health Week 2021. cmhw-2021-logo.jpg. NAHT is delighted to support Children’s Mental Health Week once again this” …
4.9 Children’s Mental Wellbeing – NHS Every Mind Matters
“Get Tips And Advice For Your Child’s Emotional Health. Support Your Child’s Mental Wellbeing With Every Mind Matters. NHS Advice. Mental Health. Low Mood. Worried about COVID. Sleep Problems. Stress. Types: Mental Health, Sleep, Anxiety, Low Mood, Stress”.
5. Illustrative Examples: Children’s Mental Health and Covid-19
6. Children’s Mental Health and Covid-19
“11 Jan 2021 — Child mental health in England before and during the COVID–19 lockdown … the follow-up of England’s Mental Health of Children and Young” …
“Coronavirus (COVID–19) … Looking after a child or young person’s mental health … people have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled – with the coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends”.
“Guidance and practical tools to support children’s mental health during the coronavirus crisis. The coronavirus (Covid–19) pandemic has brought many new and” …
“Read our report looking at the impact of coronavirus on the mental health of young … investigating the mental health impact of the Covid–19 coronavirus pandemic … Children and young people across the UK have had their lives turned upside”…
“… support for your child’s mental health during the coronavirus (COVID–19) pandemic. … You can have a look at our activity ideas for younger children, and for”…
“8 Jan 2021 — Find out how you can help and support children and young people’s mental health during the coronavirus (COVID–19) pandemic using a”…
“17 Jan 2021 — … at this growing page of evidence-based resources, research and advice in relation to COVID19’s affect on child and adolescent mental health”.
7. Illustrative Examples: Children’s Mental Health and Grief
8. Children’s Mental Health and Grief
“Find out what to do and where to find bereavement support if your child has lost a loved one or has a loved one who’s dying”.
“The death of a close family member has been shown to be a risk factor for children and young people. Bereavement in childhood have been shown to link to: lower academic attainment. lower aspirations for continued learning”. (15 Nov 2018).
“What is childhood traumatic grief”?
“Childhood Traumatic Grief is a condition in which children develop significant trauma symptoms related to the death of an attachment figure (e.g., parent or sibling) or another important person”.
8.4 How do you help a grieving child? “Encourage your child to talk about his or her emotions. Suggest other ways to express feelings, such as writing in a journal or drawing a picture. Without overwhelming your child, share your grief with him or her. Expressing your emotions can encourage your son or daughter to share his or her own emotions
“Some appropriate sentiments are listed below”.
- “Sometimes we feel like it’s our fault when someone dies, but it’s not.”
- “It’s hard to imagine someone we love has died.”
- “I am so sorry your friend/parent/sibling died. I know you will miss him/her.”
- “When someone dies, it’s OK to talk about how you feel.”
“Studies of adults with early parental loss show that they are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, and use maladaptive coping strategies, including increased levels of self-blame, self-medication, and emotional eating” (Høeg et al., 2016). (2 Feb 2018).
“If your child has experienced a bereavement or loss, here is our advice and information on where you can get help”.
“No. 8; Updated June 2018. When a family member dies, children react differently from adults. Preschool children usually see death as temporary and reversible”, .
9. Our Final Thoughts/YouTube Video
We are living through extremely difficult times. With the world going through a global crisis. Our physical and mental wellbeing is vitally important. In order to take care of others, you need to first take care of yourself. My sister and I are aware this is easier said than done, this is something we struggle with quite immensely from the moment our Dad was hospitalised in 2016 to this very day.
Children are our future, their mental health and wellbeing counts too.