Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on February 1-7, 2021
This year’s theme is Express Yourself and schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK are taking part.
Expressing yourself is about finding ways for children 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 them feel good. It’s 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 for children to show who they are, and how they see the world, that can help them feel good about themselves.
For more details about Children’s Mental Health week visit Children’s Mental Health Week.
Parentline – a confidential texting service for parents and carers across Nottinghamshire.
You may have health and wellbeing concerns about your child and be unsure how to get the help you need. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Healthy Family Teams operate services to support young people as well as parents and carers. The texting service is an easy way for parent and carers of children aged 0–19 years to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues, such as:
- Feeding and nutrition
- Child development
- Parenting advice and support
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Behaviour difficulties
- Family health
Parentline is available to parents across Nottinghamshire. It will make accessing health services easier and more accessible, creating another platform for parents and carers to connect. You can contact your Healthy Family Team and find out how to access other local services, for example, the School Health Team, breastfeeding support or health visitor led sessions.
Parents and carers can contact the text messaging service for advice from Monday to Friday between 9am-4.30pm excluding bank holidays. Messages sent to the dedicated number are delivered to a secure website and responded to by the Healthy Family Teams. Texts are usually replied to within one working day. Automatic replies will be sent to any messages received out of hours explaining where to get help if their question is urgent, and when they can expect a response.
Text Parentline on 07520 619919
And parents, carers and healthcare professionals can also call the Healthy Family Teams Advice Line which offers advice and support over the telephone. Contact the Advice Line on 0300 123 3387 Option 4, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm. This is a new county-wide number which comes into effect on February 1st, 2021.