We’re proud to be taking part in Place2Be’s #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek
(5-11 February 2024).
This year’s theme is My Voice Matters, and @Place2Be hopes to empower, equip and give a voice to every child in the UK.
They’ve highlighted 10 ways that you can look after your mental health…
Top tips for young people
Don’t keep it all to yourself and spend too much time in your own head. This can sometimes make it keep piling up, and make you feel worse.
Talk to someone you trust and feel comfortable with– a teacher, parent, sibling, cousin, friend… if you can’t think of anyone and need to talk, try talking to someone like Shout by texting SHOUT to 85258 for free.
Write your thoughts and feelings down.
Keep in contact with people, don’t isolate yourself.
Don’t dismiss your feelings because you think they aren’t valid. Everything you feel is valid and important to you.
Focus on the good parts of your life and doing what you love, rather than the negative.
If you feel like harming yourself then tell someone you trust and distract yourself in the meanwhile.
Do something you enjoy to help you relax and have a break – watch a film, play a game, watch your favourite YouTuber, listen to music.
Be your own best friend because at the end of the day, you’re stuck with you – so look after yourself!
Remember that you’re not alone, even if it sometimes feels like you are.