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Children's Mental Health Week 2024

Children's Mental Health Week 2024 will take place between Monday 5th - Sunday 11th February.

The theme for this week is 'My Voice Matters'

Resources for the week are being prepared and will be sent out to all schools and uploaded here in January 2024.

Make sure that you get involved!



Last year: Children's Mental Health Week 2023

Let's Connect!

Children's Mental Health Week 2023 took place between Monday 6th - Sunday 12th February.

The theme was all about how healthy connections – to family, friends and others – can support our mental health and sense of wellbeing. 

Take a look at these amazing designs that were submitted to our Children's Mental Health Week competition.


What does good mental health look like?  Competition entries 2023

The resources below offer ideas for how your children and young people can connect with each other, connect with nature and connect with support services when more help is needed.




About us

The Northamptonshire Talk out Loud Programme is a Public Health initiative that is driven by young people to:

  • Help spread the message that ‘mental health is everybody’s business.'
  • Increase awareness of mental health needs, draw attention to the stigma and discrimination experienced by young people with mental health needs and challenge the negative perceptions of mental health needs.
  • Raise awareness amongst young people about mental health issues, stigma and where they can access help and support.
  • Encourage young people to take responsibility for tackling mental health stigma.
  • Work with you people to develop services that are accessible and in settings that young people are comfortable in.

Our participation group, consisting of over 30 young people from across Northamptonshire, is passionate about making sure that young people feel comfortable to TALK OUT LOUD about mental health and get the help and support that they need. If you need any information, training or support in delivering the programme in your school or would like to get involved please contact:

  • Laura Ielapi
  • Programme Manager
  • E-mail: 




Talk Out Loud


You may feel angry because you have problems at school, at home or with your friends or you might feel unhappy and these emotions come out in anger.


Mental health needs can make us feel high as well as low.


Sometimes people's life experiences leave them feeling numb, dead or unreal – if you feel like this you might need to talk to somebody about your experience.


Sometimes because of this muddled thinking, it may be difficult to follow what a person is saying, and hard to have an ordinary conversation with them.


We all get sad sometimes, we might even say that we feel depressed, but that isn’t the same as the medical condition called depression – do you need to talk to someone?


Sometimes stress comes from being in a situation you think that you can't change.


If we have good mental health we feel much more energetic able to deal with things.


We can all feel sad from time to time, can you see a way to make yourself feel happier or would it be best to talk to somebody about it?


Everyone has times in their life when they feel very happy and this is a good thing.


People with mental health needs can experience feelings of isolation because they feel they are not understood.


Sometimes without the right support, we can become distressed about situations and find then hard to deal with.


Are you worried about something in particular like exams, friends, home?

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