Children’s Mental Health Week is an annual event which takes place this year between 7 – 13 February 2022. Launched in 2015, it’s hosted by children’s mental health charity Place2Be to highlight the importance of looking after our emotional wellbeing from an early age.
This year’s theme is growing together, to encourage children and adults to consider how they have grown over the past few years and how they can help others grow. It is an opportunity to focus on how young people and their families, friends and communities can support each other with their wellbeing and to use this year as a time to reflect on the past two years of the pandemic.
Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival – with British Sign Language (BSL) translation
To mark Children’s Mental Health Week, we have been working with the Royal Association for Deaf people to create a special British Sign Language-translated version of the children’s book, Ruby’s Worry, narrated by the author, Tom Percival.
Special thanks to Kelsey from the Royal Association for Deaf people for providing the BSL translation.
Ruby’s Worry, part of Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series, is a perceptive, poignant book, perfect for opening discussions of anything that might be worrying a young reader. It tells the story of Ruby, who loves being Ruby until one day she finds a worry. It’s not such a big worry at first, but then it starts to grow. Ruby’s Worry is available from publishers Bloomsbury at and at all good book shops.
Food 4 Thought – a new poem from CurlyWordy
To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, spoken word artist Louise Hale, a.k.a. CurlyWordy, has written a special poem, called Food 4 Thought.
Creative arts workshops with CurlyWordy
Working with Spoken Word Artist and Play therapist, Louise Hale (CurlyWordy) who will be leading a 6-week creative writing session with pupils from Jenny Hammond Primary School, Waltham Forest.
During these 6-weeks pupils will be led through a series of discussions, wellbeing and art workshops to reflect on their mental health and wellbeing, particularly since the pandemic. Through these sessions they will create and perform their own creative writing pieces to the group, the final works will be brought together in a digital pamphlet which will be shared on this website as part of Creativity and Wellbeing week (16th – 23rd May).
Please follow the pupils and Louise’s journey as they create their own creative writing works over the coming 6-weeks.
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Mural project with St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, we are delighted to be working with Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School, in Wimbledon, on an arts-based project, creating murals with pupils and parents about mental health and wellbeing.
Here, Lauren Davis, Assistant Headteacher and Mental Health Lead at St Mary’s, introduces the project.