FCL Fostering and Children’s Mental Health Week
by Demi – Student Social Worker
Here at FCL we are proud to support Children’s Mental Health which runs from 7-13th February 2022. The charity, Place2Be, which runs the week are now in their eight year of promoting children’s mental health. This year, we would like to raise awareness as we believe Children’s Mental Health plays a huge part in children’s Physical Growth and Personal Development. The theme this year is, Growing Together!
Child development research shows that a child’s early learning, emotional growth and development stems from the care they receive, birth to age three are the most important years for a child’s development, which shapes them into the child they become. By promoting physical growth and supporting children to feel warm, safe and happy we are growing together and supporting their mental health. It is likely that children who have had a loving, nurturing and stable home life have been able to develop during these stages more so than a child who has not.
You are not alone
By highlighting the importance of Children’s Mental Health week, we are communicating with children to let them know that it is ok if they are struggling and that they are not alone. There are lots of support services to offer to children who are struggling with anxiety or their emotional well-being. It is important to listen to children and let them know where they can receive help.
By raising awareness of Children’s Mental Health week, we are growing together; growing together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. If you want to discuss something you should feel able to talk to your foster carer or social worker. However, if you feel that you can’t then you can take a look at other resources which can be found on our website. Children and Young People Zone – FCL Fostering (fosteringchangeslife.co.uk)
“For Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, we will be encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow.
1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or carer, passionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be, you can help us reach as many people as possible”. – Children’s Mental Health Week 2022
If you feel like accessing anything further to do with Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, please visit https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/
Rehab4Addiction have produced an infographic highlighting lots of the information relating to Children’s Mental Health Week. You can read more on their website here; Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 [INFOGRAPHIC] – Rehab 4 Addiction