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Children’s Mental Health Week

07/02/2022

We’re proud to be supporting Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week throughout the Trust, with a variety of activities, assemblies and lessons designed to highlight the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Middlestown Primary will end the week with a non-uniform day for which children and adults are asked to ‘Dress to Express’ by coming in brightly coloured clothes to express themselves.

We know that 1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition and 50% of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14. No child or young person should have to face mental health problems on their own.

Across the Trust we have Mental Health Support Officers, access to support from external organisations such as Kooth.com, https://www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/services/camhs-wakefield/ www.youngminds.org.uk, www.papyrus-uk.org, www.nshn.co.uk and many more.

We also signpost pupils and parents/carers to local and national support services and have a dedicated web page and pupil SharePoint area, providing information, advice and support.

If you or your loved one feels anxious, worried or stressed, don’t keep it all to yourself. Place2Be have partnered with Give Us A Shout to provide 24/7 support to children and young people. To access this support, text CONNECT to 85258, and a trained volunteer will be there to listen. Find out more at www.place2be.org.uk/help

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