Children’s Mental Health Week 2024, organised by the Place2Be charity, will take place from 5-11 February 2024 - and this year’s theme is My Voice Matters. 

My Voice Matters is about empowering children by providing them with the tools to make themselves heard. We want all children to feel they can say, and believe, that they are recognised, listened to, and that their wellbeing is paramount. Rates of depression and anxiety amongst children and teenagers have increased by 70% over the past 25 years and five children in a classroom of 30 pupils are likely to have a mental health issue.

According to the Pearson School Report 2023 educators have witnessed the largest increase in pupil anxiety around mental health and wellbeing which has risen substantially from 41% last year to 61% this year.

Now in its tenth year, Place2Be launched the first-ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. 

You can find resources for schools and community groups here to help take part in Children's Mental Health week at school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning. And there are lots of ideas and activities to encourage you to get involved. 

There are many organisations that offer information to help you spot the sign that a child is suffering and ways to support :

The Childline website has tips to cope with feelings of anxiety caused by the pandemic - and is a great service children can contact to talk about any issues that are worrying them. Established in 1986, Childline is a free and confidential service for children to contact online, or on the phone, 24hrs a day with trained counsellors ready to listen. 

Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured resources to help primary schools promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. To support school staff and parents during these uncertain times they have produced curated toolkits, with resources to help manage anxiety and improve wellbeing.

And Next Comes L has hundreds of activities and play ideas for toddlers and all school aged children. There are also a range of tips and resources to help a child suffering anxiety including printable worksheets.

The NSPCC have advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm. 

Books are a wonderful way to help children learn about themselves and about the world, and to share their concerns and fears in a safe environment. We are more aware than ever about the importance of good mental health, and whilst anxiety is a natural part of development for children it is important to teach them strategies to help deal with worry and understand when further support is needed.

We have gathered together a collection of books that might help relieve some of the negative feelings and help our children find ways to cope, through mindfulness exercises and gentle storytelling.


Even the darkest storm passes,

The sun can't shine bright every day,

We can sit with our feelings and notice

How they roll through us then blow away.

taken from Happy: A Children's Book of Mindfulness by Nicola Edwards and Katie Hickey

In addition, you may wish to delve into our Resilience Collection and our books to Improve Self Esteem and Build Confidence.