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Children's Mental Health Week 2021

Children's mental health week

This week we have been focusing on Children’s Mental Health Week, taking place between 1-7 February 2021. Now in its seventh year, this annual event aims to put a spotlight on supporting children and young people who may be struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, or other mental health related issues.

The theme of Children’s Mental Health week this year is ‘Express Yourself’, and we would like to share with you the work of our incredible Family Support in Schools service. The Family Support staff are continuing their vital work, despite our current lockdown, supporting children and families across the region to find ways in which children can express their thoughts and feelings. K is just one of these children:

K was five years old when he was referred to the Family Support team; his home life was affected by witnessing domestic violence and his parents separating. Unsettled and tearful at school, he had little self-esteem or confidence. He needed help to understand and process his difficult emotions, so he could begin to grow and thrive.

For eight months, K worked with a Father Hudson’s Family Support Worker, Carla. By working closely with K and his mum, Carla helped him to learn the skills he needed to improve his mental health. K learnt to understand his feelings and to express them better. His mum was supported to develop her own skills, so she could help K to manage his emotions.

With Carla’s support, K’s self-esteem and confidence flourished. He found he could concentrate better in school and was able to make friends. He had become a much happier child and continues to grow in confidence every day.

Father Hudson’s Family Support service works with hundreds of children and young people every year just like K, supporting them to improve their mental health, self-esteem, and confidence. Rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, they work with people individually, so each child, young person and parent receives the support they need to make lasting changes in their own life.

Thanks to this approach, children and young people can make progress in all areas of their lives, including their education. Local schools have also shown appreciation for the amazing work of the Family Support Team.

Rosanna Snee, Executive Headteacher, St Peter’s Catholic Academy, Stoke-on-Trent, said of the service:

“The family support workers are highly trained and skilled to support vulnerable families and children. Much of the work carried out in school is on a one-to-one basis, building children’s confidence and self-esteem to equip them with the vital skills required to cope with some of the challenges that they face in their lives.”

If you would like to help us raise more funds to reach more children like K, then please donate at JustGiving.

Find out more about the Family Support Service.

For more information about Children’s Mental Health Week with useful tips on how you can help your child please visit www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk.

 

 

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