Children’s Mental Health Week 2020

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its sixth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word. 

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 – Find your Brave

From 3-9 February 2020 schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will take part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is Find your Brave.

Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Finding your Brave can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself. 

Life often throws challenges our way. Bravery isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself. 

We all have times when we need to Find our Brave

Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Whether you’re someone who works with childrena parent or carerpassionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be, you can get involved and help us reach as many people as possible.

Sport and mental health for people with cp

Cerebral Palsy is the most common form of physical disability in the world and affects children’s muscle control, coordination and motor skills. In addition to a range of physical difficulties, many children with cerebral palsy report feelings of isolation and exclusion from activities which can impact on well-being and self-belief.

Children with cerebral palsy are significantly more likely to encounter barriers that can prevent them from accessing sport which can make them feel marginalised, isolated and disengaged from their peers and local community. Typical barriers for children with cp include: lack of accessibility and inclusive opportunities, lack of support and a shortfall of skills from professionals around enabling children with cerebral palsy to engage in sports.

People with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities have told us they are very passionate about sports and enjoy watching and supporting a team, but they had very few real opportunities to participate. They are often excluded from taking part; or they are the last person to be picked or their participation is tokenistic which can leave them feeling isolated and excluded. Our inclusive work aims to address these disadvantages by enabling children to engage in a range of adapted activities that seek to maximise potential and improve skills and well-being.

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