Finding Your Brave
Children’s Mental Health Week
This year’s theme for Place2Be's Children's Mental Health Week in the UK is 'Find your Brave'.
We all know children who are outspoken and know what they want. We also know children who know what they want but struggle because they don’t want their friends to make fun of them because of their choices (they want to fit in). Many adults expect children to be brave in situations of pain or sadness only, but what does brave mean to you?
Being brave does not necessarily mean jumping from rooftop to rooftop superhero-style. Bravery comes from true friendship that supports you no matter who you are, bravery comes from owning your choices even if they are different from other people’s, bravery comes from practicing saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and meaning it.
Bravery does not mean acting like you’re the only one who knows what they’re doing or being so confident you think you don’t need anyone.
At least that’s what I think. Sometimes bravery means writing something I like and not worrying whether everyone else will.
This week I want you and your children to reflect on what bravery means (maybe start by writing a dictionary entry?), and see how you can find your brave, or how one of your characters can find their brave.