ICPS: Children's Mental Health Week & Inside Out Day
At ICPS, conversations about mental health and wellbeing are as much a part of our day-to-day conversations as looking after our physical health. However, we are never complacent and so we embraced the opportunity provided by National Children’s Mental Health Week.
In assembly and class PSHE sessions, we acknowledged that we all have days when our mental health is good, so we feel happy, good about ourselves and more confident; and days when we do not feel as positive; we are sad, moody, want to be by ourselves. No one has only good days and we should not expect that to be the case; Covid is certainly making it more difficult for people to feel that “thumbs up” feeling on an ongoing basis. It is important to talk… and we are here to listen.
The themes of the week were kindness, gratitude and resilience. By showing kindness, both the giver and receiver get a positive boost (Keys 1 and 2). In showing gratitude, we feel happier as we reflect on our blessings and acknowledge them and how they give our lives meaning (Keys 4 and 10). Resilience is about finding ways to manage when feel down (Key 7) it is our bounce-back-ability.
Inside Out Day, on which we wore a piece of clothing inside out, provided a visible prompt to engaging in conversations; what is usually tucked away (labels and seams) were on show and yet we were still warm and comfortable. In the same way, when we uncover our feelings and share them with another person, we are still safe and this dialogue can help us heal. Likewise showing kindness can make the world of difference to someone else; whilst you cannot see it, maybe they are feeling low. Your gesture can lift their mood.
The children enjoyed sharing photos of themselves dressed "inside out" as well as stories of kindness that had shown to others and been fortunate to receive.