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St Albans Cathedral Supports Children's Mental Health Week

Between Monday 4th and Sunday 10th February, the Cathedral will be marking Place2Be’s Children's Mental Health Week and supporting the local It's OK to Say campaign, remembering young people with mental health difficulties in its daily prayers. We will also be lighting the outside of the Cathedral orange as a sign of our support.

The Rev'd Canon Abi Thompson, Sub Dean at St Albans Cathedral said ‘the Cathedral are honoured to be supporting Children’s Mental Health Week and especially the work of the local campaign ‘It’s OK to Say’ by lighting the walls of the Cathedral in bright orange. Prayers will be said daily during our evening services for young people and the struggles they may be facing with their mental health. These will be from Monday to Friday at 5.00pm, Saturday at 4.00pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. We hope that the Cathedral will always be a place of warmth and welcome for those who are going through tough times, and the doors are open every day for people who may want some quiet space and the opportunity to light a candle. There are regular Day Chaplains at the Cathedral who are happy to listen to anybody who needs to talk.’

Together, It’s OK To Say and Place2Be are encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and minds, taking steps to be healthy inside and out.  One in 10 children aged between five and 16 years (three in every classroom) has a mental health problem with many continuing to have these problems into adulthood.

Over half of all mental ill health starts before the age of 14 years, and 75% has developed by the age of 18. Children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age.

You can find support and further information here:

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

And to discover what’s happening in the area and the It’s OK to Say campaign, go to: https://www.hertsad.co.uk/topic/Tag/mental%20health

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