Children’s Mental Health Week takes place from 3 – 9 February, shining a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health, with the theme this year of Find your Brave.

Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Finding your Brave can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself.

Life often throws challenges our way. Bravery isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself.

The Week is organised by Place2Be who have produced free resources for schools and youth groups including assembly guides, top tips and group activities. Go to www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

Play is crucial to children’s healthy development and happiness and is vital for their mental health and well-being.

It is through playing that children, from a very young age, engage with and learn about the world around them. Play allows children to create and explore the world; developing lifelong skills and competencies. Good play experiences can help nurture children’s emotional and mental health. Play can help build resilient children who can bounce back when the knocks and hardships of everyday life come their way.

Our upcoming cross-community project Our Generation, being delivered in partnership with six other organisations will look at building emotional resilience and well-being among children and young people throughout Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland.

Find out more about Our Generation.

Read our Play Matters info sheet on nurturing your child’s mental health through play.

Play Matters - Nurture Your Child's Mental Health Through Play

Play Matters – Mental Health Through Play