Children's Mental Health Week takes place from 1 - 7 February 2021. Set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, the week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is express yourself.
Watch this video from Tom Percival, author of Ruby's Worry (Bloomsbury Publishing) and The Invisible (Simon & Schuster) to hear his top tips for what to do when you feel worried.
How does this link with literacy?
We’ve long known that a love of reading and writing can help children flourish at school and go on to succeed at work. But we now know that reading and writing for enjoyment can also play a vital role in helping children lead happy and healthy lives. Our research, Mental wellbeing, reading and writing, found that children who enjoy reading and writing in their free time have significantly better mental wellbeing than their peers who don’t. Furthermore, in 2020 we found children said that reading (59%), writing (41.3%) and listening to audiobooks (31.8%) during lockdown made them feel better.
- Signposts research on the links between literacy and mental health
- Provides ideas for teachers to use in the classroom during Children's Mental Health Week and beyond (for ages 5-14)
- Recommends wider reading
- Links to relevant resources that may be of interest to teachers.
More useful resources
- Explore our collection of ideas and inspiration for supporting wellbeing through literacy teaching
- Developed with Place2Be we have assemblies that build on the link between reading, writing and wellbeing
- Try these resources that focus on Place2Be's four themes to support community recovery based on the wonderful stories, poems and illustrations of the Book of Hopes.