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Three Stories to Make You Feel Good This Friday

Three Stories to Make You Feel Good This Friday

In this three-minute read,
we look at some of the positive initiatives inspired by Children's Mental
Health Awareness Week.

Mental health used to be a taboo subject, but
thankfully things are changing.

This week was Children's Mental Health Awareness
Week, and up and down the country, people found interesting ways to engage with
young people about the issue.

The week's theme was 'expressing yourself' and
encouraged young people to find ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas
through creativity.

As one in six young people have a diagnosable mental
health issue (figures: NHS), we must encourage open and honest discussion.

Here is a rundown for people in Kent of
some of the ways people shared that message this week.

Lovely Day for fundraising

Super smooth 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.

Expect to hear more from YV and Mr Ocean later in
the year when they attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest
simultaneous sing-along (multi-venues).

The current record was set by YV in 2005 when
293,978 singers at 1,616 venues sang Lean On Me.

YV hopes to smash this record on 15 June in a mass
sing-along streamed live from the O2 Arena in London.

Meditation and movement

Schools across the UK marked Children's Mental
Health Awareness Week in all sorts of ways.

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

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

Olympic effort

Two sporty brothers, who recognise the vital role
physical activity plays in warding off depression and anxiety, hosted their own
Virtual Olympics this week.

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

In a series of light-hearted videos, the brothers,
clad in superhero costumes and onesies, demonstrated boxing, hurdling, and

They aimed to get kids – many of whom have become
more sedentary during lockdown – up and moving.

Scientists have long recognised the link between a
healthy body and a healthy mind, and say regular exercise increases
self-esteem, reduces stress, and improves concentration.

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 CWB Property,
thanks for reading. Stay safe and take care.

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