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    Online resources for children and young people to creatively express themselves to improve mental health

    Free resources are available for local schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals to help Children and Young People (CYP) boost their mental health.
     
    Doing activities through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film can make CYP feel good. It’s also important that they find ways to share their feelings, thoughts or ideas through creativity. 
     
    In support of Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week (1-7 February), NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group and Tameside Council is urging local people to get involved and make use of the free resources which can be adapted for use in schools, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning. To download visithttps://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/schools-and-youth-groups/
     
    Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health concern, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.
     
    Many CYP are going through a difficult time with the closure of schools and colleges, the cancellation of exams and not being able to see their friends or extended family, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and don’t know how to express themselves to boost their mental health.
     
    Teachers and staff can sign-up to an online Mental Health Champions Foundation Programme which enhances professional’s understanding of children’s mental health and introduces approaches that foster positive wellbeing in schools and communities. It can be found at https://www.place2be.org.uk/foundation
     
    Councillor Eleanor Wills, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Population Health, said: “Children should not have to deal with mental health concerns on their own.  Encourage them to take part by expressing themselves creatively using the free resources available which will hopefully make them feel good about themselves. 
     
    “It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.”
     
    For more ways to get involved visit: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/get-involved/
     
    To show your support and help to spread the word, use your social media channels with the hashtag #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek
     
    Useful resources for CYP mental health can also be found on the Council’s website here: https://www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/mentalhealth