This year's Mental Health Awareness week is taking place from Monday 10th to Sunday 16th May and this year’s theme is nature. Evidence shows that time spent in nature can reduce stress and anxiety whilst increasing children and young people’s confidence and creativity. Kent Sport’s Children and Young People team have developed a week-long campaign that you and your schools can get involved in. We know that children who are more active are happier, more resilient and are less likely to feel lonely, but more than half of children and young people aged 5-16 are not active enough to enjoy the full extent of these and other benefits. To help you plan your week we’ve collated ideas, opportunities and resources for you and your schools to get involved in inside and outside of the classroom.
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Move It Monday
Active Miles are a great way to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people, regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances. Why not get your whole school involved in clocking up those miles!
Talk it out Tuesday
As a teacher, you are likely to already be aware of the experiences that your children and young people are having, and the specific challenges that your school community is facing. We’ve collated some resources designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond.
Research shows that active travel to school makes children and young people more alert and ready to face the school day than if they had arrived in a car. Encourage staff, pupils and parents to ditch the car for a day. Next week is walk to school week, will you get your school to swap the school run for the school walk?
Top Tips Thursday
A chance to hear from schools across Kent and Medway about what they’ve put in place to support whole school mental health and wellbeing. Tweet us @kentschoolgames using the #KentMentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek to tell us what you’ve been doing to support your school community’s mental health.
Feel Good Friday
Celebrating each other's achievements is a great way to bring positivity into our lives and foster connections with others. Sharing successes has been shown to be associated with happiness, confidence and improved wellbeing.
Spending time in green space and bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your physical and mental wellbeing. Spend the day exploring your local area and connect with nature.
It can be hard to know what to do when supporting someone with a mental health problem. There are many charities and organisation that aims to help friends, family, carers and others to give support and take care of themselves too.