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Schools and communities across the UK ‘connect’ for Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 and raise over £82,000 for Place2Be
The theme of Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 was Let’s Connect, and people across the country were encouraged to make healthy, rewarding, and meaningful connections
which revealed that 78% of young people seen by a Place2Be counsellors within the last year have experienced anxiety in social situations. The data also showed that 65% of children and young people seen in the last year had difficulties interacting with their classmates.
A lack of meaningful connection is a key driver in loneliness and anxiety, so it is important that young people establish friendships which can allow them to support one another. Here you will find tips for parents and carers on .
The importance of connection
Place2Be is supported by a number of celebrities across TV, film, radio and sport, some of whom opened up on the importance of connection in the series, which saw secondary school students share their experiences of social media, the pandemic, friendships and more.
Meanwhile stars Dermot O’Leary, Clara Amfo, and Big Zuu reflected on how they connect with others in the series. Whilst Place2Be Ambassadors and Champions Paloma Faith, Rhys Stephenson, Kate Silverton and Ricky Martin championed the week on their social media channels. In fact, social media was overwhelmed by the support for children’s mental health week, including posts and activities from Premier League football teams and rugby union club and . Even England football captain promoting Place2Be’s tips and advice.
To find out more about how Place2Be support children and young people’s mental health, including how leaders from across the sector ‘penned’ a calling on decision makers to be ambitious and devise a long-term plan for the wellbeing of all of our children and young people, please visit the Place2Be website here,
Last year saw Children’s Mental Health Week celebrate which focused on all aspects of kindness such as the impact of kindness on our physical and mental health, the importance of self-kindness, and how kindness can help us connect with others, all of which can be discovered by visiting The School of Kindness
For further information on safer internet use, the have a dedicated website for everything ‘Keeping children safe online, here you can find a helpful parental guide to social networks, apps and games including links to a host of useful tips on everything from the effect of social media on children, to supporting your child’s online wellbeing.
If you require further help and support please use one of the dedicated contacts below:
If you feel overwhelmed talking about staying safe online – especially when your children are using the internet differently to you, there is advice and support available from setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, which can be accessed through the guide
NSPCC offer free webinars for groups of parents and carers, making it easy for you to keep your family safe online, to book a place email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get expert risk ratings and age recommendations on reviewed apps, sites and games, as NSPCC provide a safety and support rating to help parents make informed decisions, visit Net Aware