My Voice Matters.
From 5-11 February 2024, people and communities across the UK will take part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is 'My Voice Matters'
'My Voice Matters'
is about empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves.
When we feel empowered, this can have a positive impact on our wellbeing. Children and young people who feel that their voices are heard and can make a difference, have a greater sense of community and self-esteem. This year, Place2Be want children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be empowered to work together to create a positive change for their mental health and wellbeing.
At Berks & Bucks FA, we believe in the power of young people to help make a difference in football and drive positive change.
As an organisation, we are committed to giving young people across Berks & Bucks a voice, providing a platform for their voices to be heard, to share their ideas, gain experience and work with other like-minded young people to help shape the future of their game through our Youth Network.
Learn more about our Youth Network
Alongside this, initiatives such as The FA's ‘Silent Support Weekend’ aim to allow youth players to find their voice and take control of their game.
Following last year's Silent Support Weekend, we spoke to youth players in the game across Berks & Bucks to hear what they thought about the initiative and what they think adults can do to help make the game better for young people so they can improve as players and fully enjoy the game.
During Children’s Mental Health Week and beyond, we want all children and young people in football, whoever they are, wherever they are, to be able to say - and believe - “My Voice Matters”.
About Children's Mental Health Week
Place2Be launched the first-ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its tenth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved, spread the word, and raise vital funds for children’s mental health.
Every year, Place2Be’s expert team develops resources to help people participate in the week. From activity ideas and assembly guides to top tips and videos, their free resources will help you explore mental health and wellbeing with the children and young people around you.
Download Free Resources
Get your resource pack
Social media guide and resources
Posters, flyers, and more
For more information and additional resources, please visit childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk.
Alternatively, to find out more about Safeguarding and Welfare in football across Berks & Bucks, please visit our local safeguarding page.