With Children’s Mental Health week taking place between 6th and 12th February, Cunninghame South MSP Ruth Maguire took the opportunity to admire the artwork of local school children from St Peter’s and Abbey Primary Schools in the ‘kindness gallery’ set up in the Scottish Parliament.

Children’s Mental Health Week is organised by leading national children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, which provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children’s resilience through talking, creative work and play.

Place2Be works with 282 primary and secondary schools across Great Britain, reaching a school population of 116,000 children, helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.

The aim of the 2017 Children’s Mental Health Week is to encourage everyone – adults and children alike – to spread a little kindness.

Commenting, Ruth said:

‘Raising awareness of the importance of good mental health and ensuring that all children who need it have access to support is of crucial importance.

Nurturing emotionally healthy and resilient children paves the way for future generations of healthy and resilient adults – they are skills for life.

It was a pleasure to see the artwork of local school pupils in the kindness gallery this Children’s Mental Health Week, and I would encourage everyone to promote the campaign using the hashtags #alittlekindness and #childrensmhw, and, of course, to spread a little kindness.’