CSCP 5 Minute Briefing - Children Mental Health Awareness Week 1-7 February 2021 DAY 2

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CSCP 5 minute briefing

CMH week 2021

A message from Director of Public Health - Colin Cox

Colin Cox has done a short video on the importance of Children's Mental Health Week.  Please click on the image below to view the video.


Family - Children's Mental Health Week

We all have mental health, whether we are 2, 10, 16, 47 or 83! As a family – parents, carers, sibling grandparents – we play an important role in teaching children and young people how to understand and manage their feelings.  Positive emotional health not only prevents mental ill health but also allows children to enjoy life, believe in their abilities and cope with life’s ups and downs.

What can you do at home?

Find time to talk – as a family or just the two of you – ‘Check in’ with them while you’re doing things together, so they get used to talking about their feelings. Talk about the things you are grateful for, things that you are finding hard, talk about your day, ask their thoughts on things, what they are watching, playing, reading. Encourage them to ask you! Being curious and aware of the things around them helps children learn and to be aware of their thoughts and feelings.

Spend time together – Cook together, talk about your day over meals, read together; make something together, play together - play helps children to be curious, learn new things, solve problems, and express feelings without words. Go for walks - look at things, explore nature together; cycle - exercising regularly lowers rates of depression and anxiety and relieves stress.

Be a role-model – Show how you cope with difficult feelings and look after yourself. Make a present for someone; say something nice; give some time to help someone else. When we are kind to others and give our time and energy to someone else, it is very rewarding and helps children understand empathy.

top tips

Need some TOP TIPS about emotional health and how you can help your child ‘Express themselves’? Click here.



What's on this week?

There are lots of opportunities this week to explore and discuss your child’s mental health and wellbeing, and ideas on how to support them and you as a whole family.

Mental Health Family Hour: The live stream sessions focusing on young people’s mental health including anxiety, lack of motivation to do any work and the fear of losing someone to COVID-19. Different episodes available covering other issues and beneficial for both the young people and parents. Here is the link:  please watch and share.

MyTime: MyTime are offering information sessions every day this week for parents and carers giving informal practical advice and ideas that can help support the mental health of them and their child through the pandemic. For session times and sign up information please click here.

Kooth: Kooth can offer that mental and wellbeing support to young people in Cumbria aged 11-18. Kooth are hosting a virtual Kooth information session for parents and carers. Session is on Tuesday 2 February at 12-1pm

Mindfulness In Challenging Times: Have you ever felt stressed or overwhelmed? If the answer is YES, then you will benefit from watching this YouTube video .

Explore what Mindfulness is and some very simple techniques you can easily weave into everyday life and increase your emotional resilience.

E-school nurse: 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.

Express Yourself Entries

Here are some of the entries we’ve had from Cumbrian children and young people, showing and telling us about what’s helped them during COVID.