Children’s Mental Health Week, 1-7 February 2021.
Mental health has never been more important and it is something we take very seriously at Durston House, especially at the moment. The theme for Mental Health Week was ‘Express yourself’. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. It is important to express ourselves and our feelings. It is okay to ask for help and talk about our feelings. It takes courage!
There were many opportunities for getting involved with Mental Health Week. The boys were asked to complete a range of well-being activities at home such as playing a game with family, building a fort, getting out in nature, baking or creating in any way they wanted. In Form Times, Form Teachers were given statements to debate for the older boys, and conversation starters for the younger ones as well as looking at our senses and how we can use them, slow down and live in the moment. Vertical Groups were centred around the ‘Express Yourself’ theme as boys were encouraged to wear and discuss clothes that made them feel good, as well as bring an object that they could discuss too as it reminded them of a happy time. We also suggested that boys make a ‘My Voice’ video – fitting with the theme of expressing yourself, to give their top tips for looking after their mental health. Finally the boys were encouraged to start a long-term project, giving them something to get their teeth into aiming for a fooling of satisfaction and pride in achieving something independently.
If anyone is feeling overwhelmed, you could try ‘Mindfulness Meditation’. This can be used to slow down racing thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both our mind and body. Click the link below to try Mindfulness Meditation which contains some breathing techniques to support your son:
Here is a useful toolkit for Mental Health Week:
Here are some photos from Mental Health Week activities: