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Children’s Mental Health Week was first recognised in 2015. Since then, the awareness of mental health has grown. From employers to employees, teachers to students, governments to citizens. Mental health has been put at the forefront of thinking, and quite right too!

However, how often do we take a step back to think about children’s mental health?

It’s easy to assume that the issues adults face in regards to poor Mental Health won’t affect our children, well… because they are adult issues, right?

Maybe it’s not because; the finances are tight, your boss is giving you a hard-time or your favourite football team can’t buy a win, but children can suffer too. children can feel lonely, isolated, unloved and restricted, just like adults.

Children too, can find it hard to talk about their feelings, or not know how to express them…just like adults.

The point I am trying to make is - children aren’t immune to direct or in-direct mental health issues. So, what can we do about it? Well, this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week theme is; Expression.

 “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.” (Childrensmentalhealthweek.org).

Here at Service Care Solutions, we are taking it a couple of steps further. Firstly, we have made a £500 donation to High Five. Based in Chorley, Lancashire, High Five is a group run entirely by volunteer parents. They provide activities for disabled children and their families and their aim is to provide activities which meet the needs for all the family. Our donation has meant that they could buy 75 Mindful Packs for the children they support.

  

Alongside this, all children of SCS staff members have been given a gift, which we hope will help them to express themselves (and hopefully, to have loads of fun). As I write this, I have taken delivery of a ‘Magic Water Drawing Mat’ that you can use to colour and draw things, my 2 year-old Kasper is going to love that when he gets home from Nursery! Children throughout the UK have had to deal with an awful lot this year, let’s make sure they know we are there for; a play, a pretend tea party, a game of football, a colouring in session, a game of Call of Duty.

Whatever they need, let’s be there for them.

I write this as a parent, but if you want more information about Children’s Mental Health, the NSPCC is a great source, and can be found here

I head up the Social Work division here at Service Care Solutions and we provide several children's services and local authorities to with staff to fill roles such as qualified social workers unqualified support roles. If you are looking for a job or are looking to recruit please contact us for more details today.
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