Today begins a week-long campaign, championed by Place2Be, to raise awareness for children’s mental healthcare. Children’s Mental Health Week (February 16-22) is the first campaign of its type in the UK, with the Duchess of Cambridge – Place2Be’s Royal patron – championing the event.
Children’s mental health is a new subject to many parents, teachers, family, and friends. Children can face many issues in today’s world, including anxiety, social pressures, depression, and other psychological issues. Many families find it difficult to speak openly about children’s support and mental health, and many parents do not know when or how to seek professional help. Place2Be shares a wonderful thought on the issue, saying: “One of the most important life skills we teach our children is knowing when to ask for help.”
Place2Be launched the first UK Children’s Mental Health Week to raise awareness on issues and opportunities for children and families. From parent resources to informational articles, you can learn more about the campaign and opportunities here.
The Place2Be website shares the following statistics on children’s mental health:
On Sunday evening, Place2Be released a video of the Duchess of Cambridge sharing her support for Children’s Mental Health Week. The Duchess shared her heartfelt thoughts and experiences with at-risk youth and children who are supported by her patronages, including Place2Be.
In the video, Catherine states that “both William and I sincerely believe that early action can prevent problems in childhood from turning into larger ones later in life.” The Duchess pledges her support to the campaign, and encourages others to do the same. “Together, with open conversation and greater understanding, we can ensure that attitudes towards mental health change and children receive the support they deserve.”
The video was filmed at Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School, an inclusive school for children with mental health concerns where they can gain an education, support, and treatment in an encouraging environment. The Duchess of Cambridge made a private visit to the facility on February 10.
Please show your support for Children’s Mental Health Week by sharing the video using the hashtag #ChildrensMHW. To learn more, including ways to get involved or how to seek help for your child, visit Place2Be’s website.