Children’s Mental Health Week is held 7-13 February this year and it is used to raise awareness and shine a spotlight on how important children and young people’s mental health is.

This year, the theme is ‘Growing Together’. This is about growing emotionally and helping one another to grow too. Facing challenges and difficulties can help us to grow emotionally by giving us the tools and resilience to tackle more in the future. They can also help us to move beyond our comfort zone and tackle new things.

So how are you going to shine a spotlight on children and young people’s mental health this February?

  • Are you going to raise awareness online and on social media by helping others to speak openly about mental health?
  • Maybe you might speak to your school/college to ask them how they are going to raise awareness during Children’s Mental Health Week?
  • Or have you thought about starting the conversation about developing and growing emotional resilience with your friends and family?

These examples will help us to shine the spotlight on children and young people’s mental health. Whilst mental health is now spoken about a lot more, there is still a stigma around it. That means that sometimes people might have misunderstandings and negative views about others who have mental health disorders. People are often less likely to seek help and to speak openly about mental health because of this stigma and the fear of people not understanding them. Therefore, we feel it is important to speak openly and honestly about mental health to help combat the stigma and grow together, being inclusive of everyone.

Why is this relevant to me?

Everyone has had a difficult time throughout the pandemic. We might have all felt a bit low, isolated, or down at some points. This is completely normal. Some young people, and some young carers specifically, have really struggled with their mental health in the last few years. Caring for someone else and always putting their needs before your own can be really overwhelming and sometimes quite exhausting. It is important to share these feelings, as this can take the burden off slightly. You can speak to someone you trust like a parent, school tutor or doctor, or you can speak to us.

We are here for young carers. Call us on 0800 368 8349 or email us at admin@carersupportdorset.co.uk. Get support if you need it and don’t be afraid to reach out. We are shining a spotlight on mental health during Children’s Mental Health Week but are here to support young carers all year round.

If you need some support for your mental health or know someone else who does…

Contact Samaritans on 116 123. They are open 24/7 to anyone who needs to talk.

Join Kooth (if you are aged 11-18). Kooth is an online platform that promotes good mental wellbeing. Chat to counsellors, discuss issues with other likeminded people and get support for a range of different topics.

Text SHOUT to 85258. This is a text-based service offering support 24/7 to anyone.