Never Too Early or too Late to Seek Support
Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 – theme Let’s Connect – 6-12 February 2023.
Why ‘Let’s Connect’?
The theme for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 is ‘Let’s Connect’ and if there is anything the last few years has taught us, it’s that humans thrive through connection and that it is absolutely vital for our wellbeing and survival.
Without these connections with others we can feel isolated and lonely which can negatively impact our mental health.
According to mentalhealth.org evidence shows that people who are more socially connected to family, friends, or their community are happier, physically healthier and enjoy longer lives with fewer mental health problems than people who are less well connected.
It’s not just the number of friends you have it’s the quality of your close relationships that matters.
Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation brings evidence from a recent study. It showed that building good connections and having a good social connections while accessing online support, perhaps through virtual therapy sessions or peer support sites, reduced symptoms of depression in young people by as much as 26%. It’s also thought that this helps to improve anxiety and wellbeing.
The great news is it is never too early or too late to seek support and help.
Free resources for primary age and secondary age children and young people will help you take part in the week visit https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk