Children’s Mental Health Week

Every day in a hundred small ways our children ask, ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter?’ Their behaviour often reflects our response.”

L.R. Knost.

Children’s mental health week was launched in 2015 by Place2Be, to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Even without the effects of the pandemic, an increasing number of children and teens are suffering from mental health problems – ranging from anxiety disorders, depression, to self-harm and addiction – the wonderful news is, there’s so much we can do to help children grow up to be strong, confident, resilient and happy adults.

The human givens approach provides a simple, yet highly effective, practical framework for life. Our approach is used by therapists, teachers, counsellors, social workers, school counsellors and partners to help improve the lives and wellbeing of children and young people.

We have developed a range of resources for you to use as you please – each has been created with you in mind…

A message from Miriam Chachamu – family psychotherapist and human givens practitioner and supervisor

“Encouraging children to express themselves freely, without judgement or criticism is very important. As children grow up, they tend to worry more about what people think and can lack confidence. Parents and teachers must encourage children to express themselves without creating blocks”.

Discover three common mistakes excellent parents and teachers unwittingly make – watch Miriam’s video to find out more

“Ask the Expert” podcasts

Our mental health and wellbeing podcast series features human givens professionals talking about their own specialist area of expertise. Each one offers useful information and effective tips for improving emotional health and wellbeing gleaned from their many years of experience. They include:

Why every childhood is worth fighting for
– featuring Chris Dyas, Children’s Social Worker of the Year (2018)

I wish there was someone to talk to, whilst I was waiting for someone to talk to”

A child said to Chris Dyas, NSPCC social worker

If communities could create environments in tune with the human givens, where their children can safely build key life skills and ensure that basic emotional needs are met, then there would be far less need for expert services”

Chris Dyas
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