Mental Health and Wellbeing Guidance and Support for Parents

Place2Be's Children's Mental Health Week

6th - 10th February 2023

6 - 12 February 2023 is Children’s Mental Health Week. The week is run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be to raise awareness of the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Let’s Connect.


Let’s Connect is about making meaningful connections, and for Children’s Mental Health Week 2023, Place2Be is encouraging people to connect with others in healthy, rewarding and meaningful ways. As parents and carers, you are an important role model to your child. How you connect with friends and family will influence your child, and how they develop their own friendships and relationships. For example, how you greet people and maintain friendships, but also how you forgive people or say sorry when you need to.


Click on the link below for a few simple ways you can connect with your child and help them to make meaningful connections.

Place2Be's Children's Mental Health Week

7th - 11th February 2022

The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is  Growing Together.


Growing Together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’.


As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Check out some free resources for families via the link below.


The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID)'s new childhood nutrition campaign has launched. The campaign focuses on using the NHS Better Health Food Scanner app to help families make healthier food swaps.

This toolkit contains ten different activities to help you support families to make positive changes to their diet, with a particular focus on making healthier swaps. Activities are easy to run with children aged 4-11, with some activities suitable for children as young as 2, and require minimal preparation and no expert knowledge.

Make sure you also download and watch the Food Scanner App demo animation to find out more, as well as downloading the Food Scanner app itself so you can see how it works and test out the new swaps and augmented reality (AR) features. You can do so for both iPhone and Android.

World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2021

The theme of this year's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is 'Mental health in an unequal world'.


Please click on the below link to find out more.

Please see the link below which is a useful page from the Department for Education which signposts useful links and sources of mental health support so that children and young people, parents, carers and school staff can get the advice they need.

Healthy eating is particularly important for children and adolescents. This is because their nutrition and lifestyle influence their wellbeing, growth and development. The nutritional requirements of children and adolescents are high in relation to their size because of the demands for growth, in addition to requirements for body maintenance and physical activity.


Please take a look below at some good websites to support parents in making healthy food choices for their families.

From 1st - 7th February 2021, it is Mental Health Week. The week is run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be to focus on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is EXPRESS YOURSELF.


What's it all about? When children are able to find creative ways to share their feelings, thoughts or ideas it can help them feel good about themselves and who they are. Children can do this through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that they enjoy. It’s really important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself. Given that the past year will have left many of us feeling out of control and helpless, supporting children and young people to express themselves is arguably more important than ever.


Please read the information below which details what parents can do to support children to express themselves, to contribute to the promotion of positive mental health.

Please see below, some additional resources to support parents in the promotion of positive mental health with their family.