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Now in its seventh year, Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week has taken on an added significance this year. In the words of Anne Longfield, England’s children’s commissioner, “Children’s mental health is going to be one of the biggest long-term challenges in dealing with the legacy of the pandemic.”

As a trust, the mental health and wellbeing of our children and staff continues to be a priority and, this week, our schools wholeheartedly joined in the online games, activities and fun as a way of instigating conversations with pupils about their thoughts and feelings.

 

Throughout the week, pupils engaged with assemblies, took part in relaxation sessions through Seesaw, dressed and danced to express themselves, participated in a radio interview for BBC Hereford and Worcester and learned to feel good about themselves.

 

Of course, there was a serious side to all the fun and pupils also learned how to recognise the sources and signs of stress and how to be more optimistic. Overall, this week has been a great reminder to us all that we need to make time to speak to our children about their mental health and wellbeing and, more importantly, to listen to what they tell us.

 

Be kind to yourselves and one another,

 

Kate Brunt

CEO

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