This week is Children’s Mental Health Week, an initiative set up by children’s mental health charity, Place2Be. Each year, this week is a time to focus on children’s mental health and ensuring that the young people in our homes and communities are supported with their mental health. This year’s theme 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’.

Find more information and resources on the Children’s Mental Health Week website.

Reading Well for Children

Here in Libraries we can support you with our ‘Reading Well for Children‘ collection, which you’ll find on the shelves in our libraries or by browsing our Health and Well Being pages. The collection features topics from mindfulness to offering help expressing emotions, dealing with tough times such as the loss of a loved one and books to help with conditions such as dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and for young people living on the autism spectrum.

This collection has been carefully selected by children, their carers and families, health experts and librarians. Books are aimed at children aged 7 to 11, though titles may be of use to older children, their parents and carers and can be read alone or shared as discussion starters between children, their parents, siblings, friends and anyone they trust. (For young adults, you can find similar titles in the Shelf Help collection which can be searched on the library catalogue too and for some titles, we’ll also have eAudio or eBook formats available via BorrowBox).

There are lots of fabulous titles in the collection, many with amazing illustrations and full of useful information for both children and their adults. We hope you find them useful and that the titles spark conversations.

If you’re after more book suggestions, have a look at the 2022 Read For Empathy list from Empathy Lab or the BookTrust website. Both have lots of suggestions for titles that can help spark discussions with children and to support parents and caregivers. Book Trust also has lots of advice on discussing mental health with children and websites of organisations such as Mind, Young Minds and Action for Children also feature information. You can also find information and support on the Warwickshire County Council’s Mental Health & Wellbeing pages.

If you feel you need more help with any mental health related issue, whether it’s linked to a child in your care or to yourself, remember that you are not alone. Speak to the people in your life, healthcare professionals such as your GP or someone you trust to find more support.