My Voice Matters!
This week we celebrated Children's Mental Health Week. This year's theme is 'My Voice Matters'.
My Voice Matters is about empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves. We want all children and young people, whoever they are, to be able to say – and believe - “My Voice Matters.”
When we feel empowered, there’s a positive impact on our wellbeing. Children who feel that their voices are heard and can make a difference, have a greater sense of community and self-esteem.
This week, the children listened to an assembly about my voice matters and had opportunities in class to express their voices through various activities such as writing stories, poems, and speech bubble. At the end of each lunch time every child took part in self-regulation activities to relax their minds and bodies ready to learn. We ended the week by wearing our scarves to school.
In school we have lots of mental health support available to children and their parents. We have recently joined The NHS Hillingdon Mental Health Support Team Programme. Education Mental Health Practitioners are clinical psychologists who deliver a programme to support parents with children who are experiencing anxiety and behavioural difficulties. They aim to give the parents strategies and tools to help them support their child and feel more confident in responding to their child’s behaviour. Despite being a particular focus this week children’s mental health is always a priority for us so we will continue to keep you updated throughout the year.