Children’s mental health has become a growing concern as their social and educational routines have been interrupted in light of COVID-19. Source: Pixabay

An Oxford primary school teacher has called out for the focus on children to continue as Children’s Mental Health Week draws to a close.

Mental health service Place2Be launched the week back in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the thoughts and feelings of children and young people.

The cause is more relevant than ever this year with all school children having to complete their work from home and missing vital social interactions.

Surveys taken by the service revealed that 31% of parents rated their child’s mental health as being ‘worse’ or ‘much worse’ than before the pandemic.

Schools across the country have gone to great lengths this week to devise activities and encourage conversations towards children’s welfare.

But teacher Lauren Hood has spoken out on the importance to upkeep these tasks and discussions in the current climate.

She said: “With children being at home, unable to see family or friends, they have lots of worries and concerns that they wouldn’t usually have.

“Those feelings will remain throughout the duration of this pandemic, and it’s important that children continue to recognise their own mental health and remain comfortable asking for help when they feel they need it.”

Work by pupils at West Kidlington School this week as part of the schools ‘well-being day’ to help them understand their emotions. Source: West Kidlington School

Miss Hood noted that the help should not be exclusive to children but to parents and guardians alike.

The 23-year-old added: “It’s important to recognise their mental health too with the pressures and challenges of online school.

“Supporting them will have a direct positive effect on the children.”

Lisa Pim, mum to a young girl attending secondary school, said: “This week I have watched my daughter be a part of a supportive and open network led by her teachers.

“I hope as we move on from this special week but remain separated through our computer screens that these open conversations and innovative activities on their mental health continue.”

The government have announced that schools are set to re-open on the 8th March.