Today is the start of Children’s Mental Health Week (6 – 12 February), which this year focuses on the theme of ‘Let’s Connect’ and the importance of creating positive connections, with ourselves and those around us.
‘Positive connection’ through laughter and joy plays an important role in Spread a Smile’s work. Laughter instantly connects people. It helps us to communicate, increases confidence, positivity and resilience and can have a hugely positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.
Through laughter and shared experiences and activities, our entertainers help to forge connections with and for children battling serious illness. From face-to-face interactions, to helping build relationships and friendships via our group sessions and engaging wider family and staff, we provide memorable and important opportunities for positive wellbeing and mental health. For the young people we support, this often comes during some of the darkest times of their lives, when making connections and feeling positive feels out of reach.
Please follow us on social media (@spreadasmileuk) to stay up to date with how we help to improve mental health and wellbeing for seriously ill children and young people:
Thank you to children’s mental health charity Place2be for developing this important week.