Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

Children’s Mental Health Week 2024 aims to give children and young people a voice; at Davenies boys and staff celebrated this through various activities designed to enable them to share their thoughts, feelings and emotions, building on our PSHE curriculum.

The theme for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week was ‘My Voice Matters’ and at the lower end of the School, boys in the Pre-Prep undertook initiatives linked with the theme including enjoying the stories The Huge Bag of Worries, Ruby’s Worry, and Lion’s in a Flap. These stories explore feelings and emotions helping to deepen the boys’ understanding of what ‘good’ mental health looks like. They also enjoyed completing booklets about their feelings as well as completing a variety of mindfulness activities, including Cosmic Yoga. A special visit from A-life imparted valuable insights into children’s mental health and enabled the boys to take part in a fun fitness session.

Elsewhere, boys in the Junior School heard about different children around the world that have voiced their worries and inspired change for the better for children in their communities and beyond. Inspired by resources from Children’s Mental Health Charity, Place2Be, Years 4-6 considered things they are grateful for on a day-to-day basis such as family, friends and hobbies, spiralling out to areas of importance in the wider world such as deforestation and global warming. They also took the opportunity to write notes to friends to thank them for their empathy and kindness in certain situations. Importantly, the boys were also encouraged to congratulate themselves on their own achievements and recognise that they should take the time to celebrate what they have also done well.

Sitting neatly into our PSHE topic for Years 1-6 of ‘Feelings and Emotions’, all of these activities are intended to encourage the boys to feel confident sharing their dreams, thoughts and feelings. Our theme of the week, My Voice Matters, has been an empowering experience for all.

 

 

 

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