YOUNG people are being encouraged to ‘Express Yourself’ as part of Children’s Mental Health Week.
Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust (CWPT), which covers Solihull, is calling on youngsters to find a way of sharing how they feel during the awareness week (February 1 to 7) by doing something creative.
This year Place2Be, which runs the national event, has suggested youngsters could do activities including art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film.,
CWPT is also reminding residents that mental health services are still open and are accepting children and young people through lockdown.
Michelle Rudd, Rise head of service at CWPT said: “More than half of adults and over two thirds of young people have said their mental health has been affected during lockdown, with younger people more likely to have experienced poor mental health during lockdown than adults.
“That’s why Children’s Mental Health week is important; we need to encourage more conversations about mental health at a young age and explore ways of talking, expressing and displaying our feelings. This is an opportunity to do that in new, fun and creative ways.”
For anyone under the age 18 who is experiencing a mental health crisis, contact the Rise Crisis team by freephone 08081 966798 (select Option 2).
During the COVID-19 response, this is service is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, with an advice-only service outside the core hours of 8am-8pm.