CSCP 5 Minute Briefing - Children's Mental Health Week 2021

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CSCP 5 minute briefing

Children's Mental Health Week 2021

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Nationally, Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021. This year's theme is ‘Express Yourself’.

In Cumbria, we are asking children, young people and others to share with us the ways they express feelings, and thoughts about what has helped them cope or what they have learned in this time from the COVID pandemic or maybe what they wished they had known at the start.  There are a number of ways to get involved:

  • Draw a picture
  • Write a poem
  • Produce a short piece of writing (200 – 400 words)
  • Make music, write a song (audio only)
  • Send us a photo of an object that helped you cope with ups and downs (something you made; your goldfish; houseplant; favourite book/game)

Please send your contributions in digital format to Lucy.Pye@cumbria.gov.uk by the end of Thursday 4th February. All entries received will be entered into a prize draw

What else is happening?

MyTime will also be hosting free Zoom information sessions for parents and carers. The “Supporting your child's mental health through the pandemic” sessions will provide informal practical advice and ideas that can help you to support the mental health of you and your child through the pandemic. Information on dates and how to book is here

Kooth will be hosting a parent and carer session on Tuesday 2 February 2021, 12-1pm. Further information available here

E-School Nurses are running twice weekly online health support and advice for parents, carers and professionals, supporting children and young people aged 5-19 years old. More information is available here

We will also be publishing a 5-minute briefing each day covering themes such as:

  • How to get support
  • Top tips
  • Family mental health
  • Music and wellbeing
  • Words and feelings
  • Helping yourself and helping others

You can help us to support Children’s Mental Health week by promoting the activities taking place over the week. You can also share our briefings with colleagues and retweet us on Twitter, @CumbriaSCP using the hashtag #childrensmentalhealthweek.

If your organisation is is running an event to mark the week, let us know and we will share these in our briefings over the course of the week, please email CSCP@cumbria.gov.uk