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Childrens Mental Health Awareness Week

Children’s Mental Health Week 2022

Throughout the ongoing pandemic, mental health awareness has become more recognised, rather than just a stigma that some may choose to ignore. More and more children, young people and adults have seen the effect that our mental health can have on our physical wellbeing, and many who perhaps didn’t before- now understand the significance of looking after the mind.

 

The theme for this years Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 is ‘Growing Together’

4myschools encourage our candidates to reflect on how they have grown this year and to think about how they can help others grow. With as new statistics show that 1 in 6 Children and Young People have a diagnoseable mental health problem, it is extremely important to recognise when a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health, especially within educational settings

No child should have to face mental health problems alone.

For more information about Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 click here to find out how you can get involved and spread the word.

What the Government are doing to improve the mental health of children and young people

1. This week they have announced additional funding to enable schools to train a senior mental health lead this year, as part of their commitment to fund training for leads in all schools by 2025

2. This is in addition to the £79million boost to children and young people’s mental health support, announced last in March 2021, which is expanding children’s mental health services this year, including increasing the number of Mental Health Support Teams in schools and colleges to cover around 35% of pupils in England by 2023/24.

3. The Government has announced nearly £30 million a year will go towards improving and opening up school sport facilities in England, as well as to improve the teaching of Physical Education at primary school.

4.The Department for Education is also supporting a range of initiatives to expand access to high quality extra-curricular activities, including investing £3.4m over 3 academic years to support the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to expand into more schools in the most deprived areas of England.

5. The Department for Education has today (8 February) published its third annual State of the Nation report, providing an in-depth picture of the experiences of children and young people aged 5 to 24 throughout the pandemic during the 2020 to 2021 academic year

To mark Children’s Mental Health Week, the report shows children and young people’s wellbeing is gradually improving, despite the challenges that remain.

There is a link between regular attendance at school and college and positive wellbeing across all groups of children and young people, highlighting the positive impact of face-to-face learning.

For the first time it also provides data on their views about wider society and their futures, including their worries about staying safe online.

The new report comes as nearly 400 mental health support teams will be accessible to almost three million school and college pupils in England by 2023, surpassing the commitment made in the 2017 mental health green paper.

This article was written by Jasmine Purcell our Essex Recritment Consultant,  originally published in GOV.org.

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