Children’s Mental Health Week – Tips for Teachers
As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Sugarman Education is sharing tips for teachers, parents and children on encouraging health and wellbeing.
Children’s Mental Health Week was set up by the children’s mental health charity Place2Be to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
This year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out where we are encouraging everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.
Place2Be have created a series of resources to help teachers, parents and children. Today, we are sharing Place2Be’s Tips for Teachers guide on encouraging pupils to look after their bodies and minds.
Here are a few simple ways you can encourage your pupils to look after their bodies and minds:
– Have a class discussion about what being healthy means. Talk about different ways that people can look after their bodies and minds. For more ideas you might be interested in Place2Be’s group activities resource, which you can find here.
– Challenge yourself and your colleagues to try something new to improve your health. For example,walking everywhere instead of driving. You could download a step tracker and make it into a competition. Sharing the steps you’ve taken to stay healthy with your class can set a good example – but don’t be afraid to admit it if you’re struggling! It’s important for children to keep trying, even when things are difficult.
– Remind them that there’s no such thing as a perfect body or mind – and no one is perfectly healthy. Pupils might be tempted to compare themselves to their classmates but it’s important to remember that everyone’s bodies and minds are different – and that’s something to celebrate.
You can download the full Tips for Teacher doc here.
Did you know it’s Children’s Mental Health Week? 4th – 10th February 2019
It’s Children’s Mental Health Week this week and we wanted to share these new school resources for Children’s Mental Health Week (4 – 10 February 2019).
You can download assembly guides, slides, group activities, top tips, fundraising ideas and more for free here:
This year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out – the children’s mental health charity Place2Be is encouraging everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.
Place2Be need your help to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
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 fifth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.
When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.
However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too.
Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.
We know from our work in schools that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.
Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or carer, passionate 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.
Find out more:
Read more about Place2Be’s work