Let's connect for Children's Mental Health Week

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This week marks Children’s Mental Health Week and Bracknell Forest Council is encouraging residents with children to embrace this year’s theme of ‘Let’s Connect’ and take part in the public health team’s photo competition.

Since the pandemic, the number of children and young people who have reported feeling socially isolated and lonely has increased. Even small connections with other people, a hobby or the local community can reduce these feelings and boost your mood.

This week, the council is asking families living in Bracknell Forest to share a photo of how they are making healthy and rewarding connections, whether that be through exercise, hobbies, volunteering, or whatever they find fun! The winning entry will be chosen by the public health team and will receive a family pass to Coral Reef Waterworld for their efforts.

To help inspire entrants, the My Community online map has a new children’s section where families can find fun things to do locally.

Entries must be sent to public.health@bracknell-forest.gov.uk with a short description by Monday 13 February 2023. By entering the competition, residents will be accepting the terms and conditions of the competition below.

Cllr Dale Birch, Chair of the Bracknell Forest Health and Wellbeing Board and Executive Member for Health, said:

“Our children and young people have been through a turbulent time over the past couple of years due to the pandemic.

“This week is a great opportunity to break the mould and try something new to help your family’s mental wellbeing.

“Bracknell Forest has lots to offer, whether it be a walk in our wonderful green spaces or taking up a new hobby. Making a new connection can boost your mood and overall health.”

If you are worried about your child’s mental health, visit the public health portal for advice.

Terms and conditions

  1. This competition is open to all families living in the borough of Bracknell Forest.
  2. Photographic entries must be taken in Bracknell Forest borough and should represent a connection with health, a hobby, fun activity or family and friends.
  3. You can submit one photo as part of your entry and your photo should be an original, taken by you.
  4. Photos must be submitted by email to public.health@bracknell-forest.gov.uk with your name, email address, contact number and a brief description of the photo and how the activity shown helps your child’s mental wellbeing.
  5. Personal details will only be used for the purpose of administering the competition and will not be published or provided to anyone outside of the competition admin without your permission.
  6. The closing date for entries is Monday 13 February at 11:59pm. Any entries received after this date will not be considered.
  7. The organisers accept no responsibility for entries lost, damaged, or delayed when sent by email. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and there is no obligation to feedback on any photographic entry.
  8. The public health team will select the winning entry. The winning entry, along with the name of the winner, will be shared on the council’s social media channels, the Bracknell Forest Council website and in the weekly e-newsletter sent out by Bracknell Forest Council, ‘Town & County Extra’.
  9. By entering your photo into this competition, you are giving Bracknell Forest Council permission to use your photo in the above publications, whether you are successful in winning or not.
  10. The winner of the competition will receive a free family pass to Coral Reef Waterworld in Bracknell. The voucher can be used to book one family session and will be valid for approximately one year.
  11. By entering you are agreeing to these rules.