Children’s Mental Health Week 2021
During Place2be’s Children’s Mental Health Week (1-7 February), children and young people in Somerset are being encouraged to have fun by expressing themselves in seven different ways over seven days in a boost to improve mental health.
This year’s theme for the awareness campaign 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.
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There are different themes for each day, allowing young people to explore how they would like to express themselves.
The themes are:
Day 1 – Dress to Express. Forget fashion and forget what anyone else thinks – this is the day to wear an outfit that is 100% you.
Day 2 – Create a playlist that expresses who you are as a person. Whether it’s the style, title, lyrics or beat – if it reflects you add it in.
Day 3 – make a word cloud of all the words that represent you. This could include your personality, feelings, passions, hobbies, dreams and more.
Day 4 – Choose an emotion (such as happy, excited or angry) and create a form of art that expresses this. It could be anything from a drawing to creating a dance to creating a dance or video – get as creative as you like.
Day 5 – Find a quote that reflects who you are or inspires you to express who you are. Why not stick it to your wall or save it as your phone wallpaper, for a daily reminder?
Day 6 – Create a photo montage of everything that reflects you including all the ways that you like to express yourself. Think about your hobbies, skills, likes and passions.
Day 7 – Write a list of all the ways you’re going to express yourself this year.