When is Children’s Mental Health Week 2022?

Children’s Mental Health Week takes place between 7th-13th February 2022. This year’s theme is Growing Together.

Organised by national charity Place2Be, Mental Health Week is all about focusing on the importance of children and young people’s mental health – an important issue with one in six young people currently experiencing a mental health problem.

Children’s Mental Health Week activities and ideas

Key Stage 1 and 2 activity packs

Explore emotions with KS1 and KS2 children with this bumper activities pack from Plazoom. Help pupils to identify different emotions using the image and word cards and discuss examples of when children, or their friends or family, have experienced these emotions.

You’ll find question cards and question stems included to prompt conversations about what positive steps children can take if they experience a particular emotion.

Activities for both KS1 and KS2 are included, with teacher advice for how to use the resources in the classroom.

Home learning resource packs

These special KS1 and KS2 home learning packs from Plazoom are designed for children to complete over the course of a week, with some adult support where possible. They’re based around the topic of ‘Feelings and Emotions’.

The downloadable packs feature a range of mental health activities for kids, covering writing, reading and health education using an original story and associated tasks.

Growing Together resources

Use free resources from Place2Be to help children explore what it means to ‘grow together’.

The resources, differentiated for primary and secondary, feature an assembly guide, slides, posters, school activities and a fundraising pack.

Mental health films

The problem with mental health is that we can all only experience the world through our own minds. So it can be difficult to explain issues to someone who has no experience of it themselves – especially young people.

This is where fiction (and non-fiction) can help bridge that gap, to help others understand and empathise with anyone afflicted with mental health issues and the effects it can have on the people around them.

We all know that film and TV isn’t always the most sensitive medium for portraying these various disorders, but there are many movies and documentaries out there created with sensitivity and subtlety that can be wonderful for improving empathy in the viewer, as well as raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing. Here are some recommendations:

Note: Obviously these films will deal with difficult issues so please research to ensure suitability to your class.

Movies about depression

  • The Virgin Suicides (alternatively, try the Turkish remake/reinterpretation Mustang)
  • The Hours
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Anxiety and stress

  • Two Days, One Night

Eating disorders

  • God Help The Girl

Dementia

  • Nebraska
  • Amour
  • Still Alice

Schizophrenia

  • A Beautiful Mind

For younger viewers

  • Inside Out