This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and Girls’ Brigade England & Wales is encouraging children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. It’s all about #BeingOurselves!
Dr Claire Rush, GB’s Advocacy Co-ordinator, shares ‘Being ourselves is a great theme for Children’s Mental Health Week because aspects of the culture which surrounds us can tell children a very different message – that being yourself is actually not good enough. From listening to our Girls’ Brigade members, young people and, in particular, girls do feel under immense pressure to conform.’
Claire adds ‘With this in mind, the theme of being ourselves is very important. Girls’ Brigade programmes are developed to increase girls’ emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Our programmes help girls to discover God-given worth and uniqueness, explore what it means to live life to the full and to develop their God-given giftings.’
Because of being part of the Girls’ Brigade family, girls have shared with us that they feel confident, courageous, loved, accepted and able to thrive as themselves. Jessie Emms, 20, pictured, from 1st Northallerton group shares ‘GB helps me thrive because its opened up doors so that I can encounter the hope and freedom offered through faith.’ You can view more GB transformation stories here.
There are a number of GB programme resources on the issue of mental health available for GB leaders to use - helping them turn up the volume of hope with the children and young people they work with. You can view a comprehensive list here.
Tune into TWR-UK at 12.30pm on Saturday 10 February to hear Claire speak more about the importance of Children’s Mental Health Week as well as how GB is turning up the volume of hope among girls in this area. More details about how to listen are available here.
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