CSCP 5 Minute Briefing - Children Mental Health Awareness Week 1-7 February 2021 DAY 3

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CSCP 5 minute briefing

CMH week 2021

Music and Wellbeing

We use music in lots of different ways to help our health and wellbeing; to relax, exercise, help us get to sleep, share and celebrate good things.  Listening to music is a popular way to cope with difficult times.  We relate to songs and find comfort in the words.  Music can stimulate the body’s natural feel good chemicals (e.g. endorphins and oxytocin).  It can provide an outlet for us to control and regulate our feelings and help us to work through them, whether it’s dance, rap, R&B, rock, grime, classical or country. 

Cumbria Sings

cumbria sings

Cumbria Music Hub launched a new hub event in January and we hope you will all get involved, whether at school or at home! The project is for schools, children, and families to take part in during lockdown. Children will be asked to learn a wonderful song called, ‘It’s OK (please just say)’ that was written in response to the Coronavirus pandemic but can be applied to many situations. It encourages us to recognise and accept how we are feeling and acknowledges the importance of sharing our feelings, good or bad.

Schools and families in Cumbria have been learning the song and uploading their videos and photos performing the song via our website: https://cumbriamusichub.com/cumbria-sings/ The music hub will produce a video featuring Cumbrian children, families and teachers, that will be premiered around February half term.

Midweek Music

Would you like help planning music lessons for pupils in school or ideas to send to children for home learning?  

Midweek Music offers schools and children at home weekly music activities that will take around 30 minutes to complete. New activities will be posted on our website every Wednesday providing curriculum music activities for schools; they will be planned activities that link to other curriculum subjects or specific musical learning. They will be aimed at KS2 children but many of the activities will be accessible and relevant to KS1 and KS3 pupils. Activities will include singing, creating and performing using resources found at home or in school.

Midweek Music has been launched and the first two weeks of lessons have activities linked to our Cumbria Sings Project. Check out the resources here

Don't Do It Alone

don't do it alone

Did you know that Kooth have launched their latest social media campaign this week to chime with Children’s Mental Health Week?  It’s called  Don’t Do It Alone.

The campaign aims to reduce the stigma around accessing mental health support, as social media stars Chunkz, Amelia Dimz, Riyadh Khalaf, Jax Jones, and Joy Crookes talk about the things they do alone, and how dealing with mental health is not one of them.  

For extra resources, you can check out the campaign resources page here. This includes handy guides on talking to young people about mental health, social media images and copy, and some Kooth promotional materials.

Kooth program of sessions 2021 - Cumbria

Time to Talk Day

Around the County our Members of Youth Parliament, their Deputies and all of the Youth Councillors are busy preparing for Time to Talk Day on this Thursday 5 th February.

They are focusing on ‘The Power of Small’

A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.  We know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us with mental health problems are made to feel.

Lynsey Eland, Children and Young People’s Services Manager from Carlisle Eden Mind, recently shared this comment with our Members of Youth Parliament and Youth Councillors;

In 2012 we developed our Children and Young People’s advocacy service funded by Children in Need. I’d found my passion, working alongside young people in my role is an absolute privilege.  Young people teach me so much every day and it’s a real honour to spend time with them, even when things are really tough.”

Here is a link to Carlisle Eden Mind’s website young people’s useful resources section here


So as part of our Children and Young People’s Mental Health week why not share how music makes you feel?

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  • Does the music allow you to sit with a mood, change a mood or set a new mood?
  • What’s your favourite type of music
  • Does it make you feel better or worse?
  • Is it helpful to feel worse?
  • In what situations does it help?

You can share by Twitter or send us an audio clip or email us CSCP@cumbria.gov.uk


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.

Click here to listen to a poem recorded by Troy.

Amie poem bench

It's not too late if you want to submit an entry.  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 numbers 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