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Posted on: January 28th 2021

Children’s Mental Health Week 1st - 7th February- Non Uniform Day Friday 5th February

From 1-7 February 2021 schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will take part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is Express Yourself.

Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

For Children's Mental Health Week 2021 we will be encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas. We will also be asking the children to come to school (online or in person) wearing bright colours or something that helps them to express themselves. We will not be asking for a donation, but if you do wish to send in any donations we will collect and send on to Place2Be. 

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A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 29/01/2021

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