Children’s Mental Health Week – every child’s voice matters

Children’s Mental Health Week 2024 is 5-11 February.

This is an initiative (launched by Place2Be) which gives children and young people in the UK a voice.

The theme for this year’s CMHW is ‘My Voice Matters’, showcasing and highlighting why we should work together to help children feel they matter.

It is important a child finds their voice to ensure they are heard and seen as an individual.

Place2Be launched Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015, and now helps hundreds of schools, children, parents, and carers take part in looking after a child’s mental health.

How to make a child’s voice matter

A child can be encouraged to feel empowered by using their voice through lots of ways.

These include:

  • Place2Be’s ‘What matters to you?’ activity – This allows a child to safely share what is important to them.
  • Frequent conversations about their mental health – It is important they know their feelings have been acknowledged and understood.
  • Establishing a safe space – Any child should feel comfortable in talking about their worries rather than keeping them hidden.

It is also important to tune into children and their mental health.

This can be done:

  • Offering solutions to their problems where either outcome is successful
  • Stepping back and providing freedom for independence
  • Stopping moving and doing when they are talking
  • Letting them speak wherever possible
  • Listening without judgement

We believe that no child or young person should face a mental health problem alone, and it is our mission to provide the care needed to improve their mental health.

How can we help?

At Almond Children’s Care we offer therapy services, designed to establish how children feel and present the right care for them.

Our fully qualified and experienced in-house psychotherapist focuses on overcoming emotional challenges a child might face.

Engagement is key to our therapy services, allowing us to work with any child to help them overcome barriers they might face, enhancing their quality of life as they continue to grow.

For more information about Children’s Mental Health Week, please visit Place2Be.

To discuss children’s mental health further, contact our friendly team today.