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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme of this week’s Children's Mental Health Awareness Week has been ‘expressing yourself’ and throughout the country, people have found interesting ways to engage with young people about the issue.

Here are some of the ways people shared that message this week.

Lovely Day for fundraising

Music legend Billy Ocean and Youth Voices (YV) – the world's largest school choir – released a cover version of Bill Withers' classic tune Lovely Day.

Profits from sales of the single will go to Place2Be, a brilliant mental health charity that provides counselling services in 600 schools across the UK.

Meditation and movement

Throughout Great Britain schools acknowledged Children's Mental Health Awareness Week in a variety of ways.

At Norbridge School in Worksop pupils enjoyed guided meditation, while youngsters at Gwenfo CW Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan took pleasure in walking and climbing in the great outdoors.

Whilst in Inverness, a new service launched called Mikeysline, providing support to secondary school pupils who are struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings.

Olympic effort

Ottavio and Dario Tanzillo, two sporty brothers who work at a Northampton primary school, hosted a Virtual Olympics on their YouTube channel Tanzii TV this week.

With the aim to get kids up and moving, the brothers, clad in superhero costumes and onesies, demonstrated boxing, hurdling, and fencing in a series of light-hearted videos

And finally

A quick book recommendation. If you'd like to learn more about young people and mental health, get your hands on a copy of Take My Hand by Pat Sowa. Pat is a former headteacher and campaigner whose son Dom battled mental ill-health. You can also follow her on Twitter (@pat_sowa).

Visit to donate to Place2Be.

From all of us here at MARTIN & CO, thanks for reading. Stay safe and take care.

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