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Express yourself this Children's Mental Health Week

Child and adult

This week marks Children’s Mental Health Week, an opportunity 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.

This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’ and is about finding ways to express feelings, thoughts and ideas through creativity. This could be art, music, writing, drama, photography, and activities that make you feel good.

There are many ways to get involved, including:

  • download the fundraising kit and organise a ‘Dress to Express’ fundraising event
  • spread the word on social media
  • donate and help Places2be to reach more children with vital support
  • download the Young Voices charity single featuring Billy Ocean and the Young Voices choir

Cllr Dale Birch, Chair of the Bracknell Forest Health and Wellbeing Board and Executive Member for Health, said:

“After what has been a really difficult year for our young people, this is the most important Children’s Mental Health Week yet.

“This week comes as a timely reminder to check in with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters. There are various online resources and local charities and services that are available if your child is struggling and I urge you to seek advice if you feel you need it.

“There is no shame in feeling low or anxious and our children need to know that. Expressing themselves through a creative activity can really help them process their emotions and find positives in their abilities.

“Please use this week to spread the word, check in on others and take part in some of the virtual activities for Children’s Mental Health Week.”

In keeping with this year’s theme, The NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group in partnership with YesSlough, has launched a writing competition for young people aged 11 to 25 who live, study or work in East Berkshire. Entrants must write a poem to a parent or carer and submit it by Sunday, 14 February. Creative writing workshops are also available to help you prepare your poetry masterpiece.