Children's Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10 February 2019)

Did you know that Children and young people who usually get less than the recommended 9 hours sleep on a school night are more likely to feel that worries get in the way of school work, according to a survey of over 1,100 10-11 year-olds and 13-15 year-olds carried out by Place2Be.

CMHW Facebook Image 1.jpgMore than half (56%) of children and young people say they worry “all the time” about at least one thing to do with their school life, home life or themselves – and those getting less sleep are less able to cope with worries, saying they often don’t know what to do when they’re worried, and once they start worrying, they cannot stop.

New research released by Place2Be for Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10 February) suggests that children with less sleep are more likely to struggle with worries.

For this year’s theme ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, Place2Be is encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds.  Because our bodies and minds are very closely linked, simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing – like eating, being active and sleeping – can help our mental wellbeing as well. You can find out more here.

To support Children's Mental Health week, Children and Family Health Surrey School Nurse, Katrina Sealey created the book, Angry, ANGRY Angus, for schools to use with Reception and Year 1 children as part of the national Physical Health Social Education (PHSE) curriculum.

angry ANGRY Angus - Front cover, high res available.jpgThe book, activities and lesson plan will help teachers and parents to give children aged four to six the words they need to talk about their feelings and express their emotions, thus increasing their chances of having good mental health as they grow up.

Children and Family Health Surrey funded a successful pilot of the book and teaching resource pack last year. Both are now being made available to all infant and primary schools in Surrey. All libraries in Surrey have also received a copy of Angry, ANGRY Angus.

The book features Angus the badger who sometimes feels angry but doesn't know how to tell people how he feels without losing him temper. His family and friends show him how to listen to those around him and how to talk about what he is feeling. Angus learns he can even help his friends to feel less angry by listening and talking to them.

Angry, ANGRY Angus introduces children to the language they need to discuss their feelings.  Phrases like 'I think', 'I feel', 'I know' and 'I remember' give children the words they need to explain what is happening inside them.

Anyone interested in the book can buy it online at Amazon.