BAFTA Children’s Mental Health

Emma Willis, Oti Mabuse and Kit Young go back to school for Children’s Mental Health Week

  • UK schools invited to join a national virtual assembly on 7 February to kick off Children’s Mental Health Week 2022
  • Stars including Emma Willis and Oti Mabuse to take part in the assemblies, celebrating the theme of ‘Growing Together’
  • Additionally, Dr Alex George (UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador), Mandip Gill (Doctor Who, Hollyoaks), Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones) and more share their personal journeys as part of a series of exclusive online interviews for the week

Children’s Mental Health Week: Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week will take place on 7-13 February 2022, aiming to reach thousands of people with the theme of Growing  Together. Find out more at

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BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).

About BAFTA Kids

BAFTA Kids is a programme of events and initiatives for families across the UK run by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, offering insight into creative excellence within film, television and games. The programme features behind-the-scenes roadshows, workshops and masterclasses with BAFTA-winning talent and competitions. Whereas BAFTA’s annual British Academy Children’s Awards recognise and celebrate excellence within these industries, BAFTA Kids is a trusted and accessible brand for families to explore and discover new, innovative and non-mainstream work, helping them deepen their appreciation of the films, television programmes and games they enjoy.

About Place2Be

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

The charity currently provides an embedded mental health service in over 400 UK primary and secondary schools, supporting a school community of around 225,000 children and young people.

Last year, over 54,000 teachers and other professionals accessed the Place2Be Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme, and the charity’s resources to support schools and families were downloaded or viewed over 124,000 times.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge became Patron of Place2Be in 2013, reflecting her personal interest in and commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children. / Twitter @Place2Be / Facebook @place2becharity

Childrens Mental Health Week 2022

26 January 2022: Emma Willis, Oti Mabuse, Kit Young, Lindsey Russell and Kia Pegg are among well-known faces who are lending their support to Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February 2022) through virtual school assemblies created in partnership with BAFTA Kids, and with the support of Oak National Academy.

Now in its eighth year, Children’s Mental Health Week will encourage children and adults to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to flourish as we re-emerge from a pandemic which has left an estimated 1.5 million children and young people with new or additional mental health challenges*.  

The assemblies, for primary and secondary schools will feature pupils from Place2Be partner schools along with on screen stars. The assemblies will also feature special messages of support from high profile surprise guests, to be revealed on the day.

Children and young people across the country are invited to join in with activities and discuss the theme at home and in class, to encourage conversation and reduce the stigma about mental health issues, which now affect 1 in 6 young people.

BAFTA Kids will also be using the assembly to launch its annual Young Presenter Competition, which aims to find exciting new on-screen talent aged between 10-18 years, encouraging young people’s self-esteem and confidence.

Place2Be has also released a series of short ‘Growth Story’ films in which celebrity mental health champions explore how they overcame difficulties in their lives and have grown as a result. Hosted by presenter and podcaster Josh Smith, the series includes conversations with Dr Alex George (UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador), Mandip Gill (Actor, known for Doctor Who and Hollyoaks), Jacob Anderson (Actor, Singer, and Songwriter, known for Game of Thrones), YolanDa Brown (Saxophonist, Composer and Broadcaster) and Andy Lewis MBE (one of Britain’s most successful para-triathletes).

Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be said: “It’s been another year of ups and downs, with many challenges for young people and schools alike. But we know that even during the most difficult times, we can all continue to grow, learn and support each other. There’s never been a more important time to focus on positive mental health and wellbeing – so we’re delighted that so many well-known faces have lent their support to this vital message. I encourage all schools across the UK to tune in to the assemblies during the Week.”

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA said: “We are thrilled to collaborate once again with Place2Be, raising awareness of Children’s Mental Health Week and promoting vital life skills.  If young people have butterflies before an exam or are lost for words during a presentation, such experiences can be managed by acquiring confidence, which is so very important for them.  This year’s theme is Growing Together – developing skills from within, whilst looking outwardly to the community for support.  BAFTA is delighted to be involved and to be engaging via virtual assemblies for primary and secondary schools.  A huge thank-you to all our special guests for sharing our belief in this initiative and so kindly taking part.”

During Children’s Mental Health Week, Place2Be is encouraging everyone across the UK to get involved through a series of activities, including: an interactive map of events across the country, a ‘Dress to Express’ day to encourage children to express their personality through colour and clothing, free school learning resources and a social media campaign on the theme of Growing Together. For more information please go to  

Children’s Mental Health Week is kindly supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and The Beaverbrook Foundation.

Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

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