UNICEF Report: Supporting Children with School Re-opening

In line with the launch of UNICEF’s #OnMyMind Report (https://www.unicef.org/reports/state-worlds-children-2021), we are proud to present a series of blogs and videos that will help parents and teachers navigate mental health topics with their children. As schools re-open, many will be facing increased anxiety and concern for their children’s health. Whilst we are using masks and sanitizers, we must take precautions to ensure that our children’s mental health is taken care of as well.

The UNICEF report published this month (October 2021), calls for organisations to show a commitment to “leadership” to better support mental health and commit greater action to “better support parents” and ensure that “schools are safer places”. We are committed to breaking the silence around mental health, challenging stigma, raising mental health literacy, and ensuring that our children’s voices are heard.

For many children, life under lockdown has meant more time with family and they may have become used to having their parents or caregivers by their side. As limitations lift, adults will return to work and life becomes less restricted – the daily routine of many children will shift, which can be a source of anxiety for some.

This is a great article to help parents navigate this transition, with some top tips and frequently asked questions as we return to offices, daycare centers, and eventually school.

We are excited to announce that last month, LeapEd’s Mental Health Literacy programme was a winner in

 the MyUNICEF Impact Challenge and is now moving to the second phase of the Social Impact Challenge Accelerator (SICA) organised by the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). Our innovative intervention aims to target mental health literacy amongst teachers, ensuring that they have the skills to help the young people in their care.

If you would like to find out more about how LeapEd can work with your organisation on Child Protection and Safeguarding or Mental Health Literacy for Educators, please do get in touch via https://www.leapedservices.com/our-services/child-protection-safeguarding/