Children’s Mental Health Week & The Correlation Between Sleep & Worry

Children’s Mental Health Week & The Correlation Between Sleep & Worry

Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 takes place from 4th-10th February 2019. It was launched four years ago by Place2Be to highlight the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

The theme of this years Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Healthy: Inside & Out’ with the focus on healthy living. As Place2Be describe, healthy living is not just about looking after our bodies it is also about looking after our minds and mental wellbeing and the two are intrinsically linked; ‘it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.

Having enough or not enough sleep can play a big part in this and new research released by Place2Be indicates that children with less sleep are more likely to struggle with their emotional wellbeing. In the survey that Place2Be carried out it was discovered that over half of children and young people (56%) worry ‘all the time’ about themselves, home life, school life and these worries are magnified for those young people who are getting less sleep (22% vs 18%). The survey also demonstrated that once these children and young people started worrying they couldn’t stop (36% vs 28).

Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be, said: “Place2Be is supporting teachers and parents with advice on how sensible sleep habits, eating well and exercise help children cope with daily worries. However, further research is needed to explore if children are lacking sleep because they worry, or worry because they aren’t getting enough sleep.”

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