This year's Place2Be Children's Mental Health Week takes place from the 1st - 7th February and as a school we feel that it is important that we raise awareness of such an important topic. We know that many children's mental health has been affected over the past year so we want to encourage as many families as possible to join in next week's planned activities.
The theme for the week is 'Express Yourself' and we are going to be encouraging the children to express themselves in whichever way they choose. It could be wearing bright, colourful clothes; sharing a music or dance performance or writing a poem to share their emotions. On Friday 7th February we will be celebrating the diverse 'Express Yourself' entries during the KS1 and KS2 Celebration Assemblies.
HRH Duchess of Cambridge's video to mark the start of Children's Mental Health Week
Children's Mental Health Week is an opportunity to shine a light on the importance of mental health in our young people, in a time that is so challenging for us all. Raising money is vital for the charity to be able to support as many children and young people with their emotional needs. If you would like to make a donation to the charity please find the link to their Just Giving page below.
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is
I know that all Middleton pupils and staff are great at spreading kindness so this week will come natural to us.
I am encouraging you to do two acts of kindness a day - one for someone else and one for yourself.
Have a look at the completed seven days of kindness calendar too. It has got some good ideas that you can use for your own kindness calendar. Maybe there will be a favourite activity that you like to do for someone else and you could continue doing it while we are in lockdown.
You might be finding it difficult at the moment because we have been with our household members for what feels like forever but showing kindness is especially important now as it will help you as a family to bond and get through the tough times together.
The acts of kindness towards yourself are the self-care activities that you enjoy doing and make you feel happy. These can be completed on your own but it is also ok for you to do it with others like when you go on a family bike ride.