At Pakeman, we will do everything we can to support our children’s mental health and well-being. We will also do our best to make sure our parents and carers have the support and resources they need to support their children.
This week, we have been taking part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This has given us the opportunity to shine a light on what mental health is and to examine our children’s understanding of what mental health means to them.
Throughout the week, children have carried out a range of exciting activities which actively promote ways to think about what we mean by mental health and what we can do when something arises which affects us. We’ve explored the importance of talking and listening to each other. We’ve shared stories about emotions. We’ve looked at creative things that can help us to relax and reduce anxiety. We’ve talked about how it is okay to make mistakes and that we often learn from these. We’ve discussed the importance of spending time together, as a family, to do lovely things and how this can help boost our confidence and self-esteem. We have also looked at some places we can go to and people we can chat to if we feel the need for help. And if we do feel the need for help, then that is okay too.
One thing that has stood out most in this focused week is that it is good to talk. Emotions take many forms but when we are struggling with our emotions – feeling angry, afraid, worried, confused or lonely, then we have a better chance of feeling better if we let someone know. It takes courage to talk about the way that we’re feeling inside and we should feel proud of ourselves if we do speak out.
We have created a special newsletter which highlights some of the children’s amazing work and signposts our parents/carers and children to links that they will hopefully find useful: