Children's Mental Health Awareness Week!

The week of May 2nd-May 6th, we will be celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week!

May 2nd through May 6th is Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. This week, we will be talking about the importance of being healthy not just in our bodies, but in our minds. This means doing things to help ourselves and others feel better when we are sad, worried, angry, or scared. Each day this week on the announcements, we will learn a 'Coping Skill of the Day.' Teachers, please encourage your students to practice these in class together.

Monday- Today’s coping skill of the day is reading. Reading is a great way to learn about new things and is also a way to take your mind off of other things. Sometimes when people are upset, it can be helpful to read a book by a favorite author or about a favorite topic. Think about what type of book would be best for you to read when you are upset.

Tuesday- Today's coping skill of the day is listening to music that makes you happy. Choose music or a song that has a positive message and makes you feel happy.

Wednesday- Today’s coping skill of the day is seeking out positive friends. Take the time to think about which of your friends helps you to be the best that you can be. If you are upset, who is the friend that you can count on to help you feel better and to help you stay out of trouble? Take the time today to think about which of your friends play a positive role in your life.

Thursday- Today's coping skill of the day is taking a break. Walk away from what is upsetting you and being by yourself for a few minutes until you start to feel calmer. Taking a break for yourself helps you to feel more in control and removes you from people or events that may be upsetting you. During your peaceful break, take three deep breaths to help calm your mind and body down, so you can be ready to return to your day.

Friday- Today's coping skill of the day is talking to someone who cares about you. Talking to someone who cares about you helps you feel understood and supported, and they may be able to help you solve your problem. Think of people you can talk to at home, at school, and in the neighborhood. Don't keep it to yourself when you are feeling hurt, scared, sad, or angry.

Some other coping skills that you can use are: imagining a happy place in your mind; journaling; taking deep breaths; or writing poetry.

I hope that you have had a great week!