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Children’s Mental Health Week – 1-7 February

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. After the year we’ve had, it is more important than ever to look after yours and your family’s wellbeing.

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on all our lives. Many of us are feeling worried and uncertain at the moment – and have been for many months. These feelings are completely normal. It can be difficult to manage these emotions, though, which is why Action for Children have used their expertise to create a mental health awareness toolkit for colleagues. It’s full of advice and activities to help you look after your own, your family’s and your children’s wellbeing. From mindfulness to home cooking, the tips and ideas are designed to help keep you and your loved ones happy, healthy, and motivated.

We have been working with our charity partner since 2017, funding their ground-breaking Blues Programme, a schools-based mental health programme for young people, aged 13-19. On average, three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem, so it’s vital to act as early as possible and give them the support they need to thrive.

Thanks to Royal Mail colleagues, thousands of young people across the UK have taken part in the Blues Programme, improving their mental health now and for the future. One of these young people is Jake (pictured). Jake was bullied a lot at school and was struggling to deal with feelings of grief after two of his family members passed away. The Blues Programme helped him develop coping strategies to deal with his low mood and negative feelings.

He told us: ‘The Blues Programme helped me with my confidence. It helped me express myself and tell people what was going on in my life.’

If you would like to support Action for Children this Children’s Mental Health Week, why not organise a fundraiser, using Action for Children’s winter fundraising toolkit?  You could also simply pop in a pound – either into a collection tin at your site, or virtually, by making a small donation here.

For more ideas and support with your fundraising, please contact royalmail@actionforchildren.org.uk.

2 Feb 2021