Recent studies have shown that consuming fresh produce daily can boost happiness and keep us mentally, as well as physically healthy.

Making sure that our children have a healthy and well-balanced diet with a full range of vitamins and minerals can help to improve their relationship with food and their sense of wellness.

Studies have shown that diets high in saturated fats and processed sugar are directly linked to ‘poorer mental health’ in children and young adults, so by increasing their consumption of great quality fruit and veg, we can see a significant and positive impact on their health and wellbeing.

Children’s Mental Health Week

In the first week of February of 2021, children’s mental health charity, Place2Be has been raising awareness and focusing on the mental wellbeing of young people.

Children’s Mental Health Week (CMHW) is now into its seventh year of calling attention to young people who may be struggling with anxiety, their self-esteem, or other mental health related issues.

How can you participate?

Children’s mental health charity Place2Be have shared a huge resource of brilliant online tasks that are not only fun for kids but also designed to help them learn and explore.

Suitable to be used by home-schooling parents as well as teachers, the virtual sessions and activities can be found for free on the CMHW website.

Alongside raising awareness of mental health in children, Place2Be are also funding local projects that can provide young people with vital support. You can request a fundraising pack directly from the Place2Be team online.

Express yourself…

Each year the annual event carries a theme and the focus for 2021 is ‘Express Yourself’. The aim is to encourage children and their parents to find “creative ways to explore their thoughts and feelings”.

CMHW is a fantastic reminder to put time aside to speak with your children or dependents about their mental health, especially as the nationwide lockdown and home-schooling is set to continue for the next few weeks.

Did you know?

In every Primary School class around three children on average experience a mental health problem, an issue exacerbated by the times that we’re currently experiencing.

The global pandemic has left the younger generation to experience many of the same issues that we are dealing with as adults, such as spending less time with friends and family and extended periods in-doors.

More than ever it’s imperative to encourage our children to discuss their thoughts and feelings and raise awareness of mental health.

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