BBC Education has created the new BBC Moodboosters initiative to encourage primary school-age children in the UK to move their bodies and learn about mental health and wellbeing.
The new Moodboosters website offers teachers and parents interactive activities to make physical movement enjoyable and give children a sense of well-being. Stormbreak, a children’s mental health charity, and experts on the subject helped create the material.
Additional activities and videos designed to get kids and adults moving together in their living room will be released in the coming weeks.
The Moodboosters initiative is supported by broadcaster Gethin Jones, Amy Dowden, Oti Mabuse, Ade Adepitan MBE, Joe Wicks MBE, Bethany Shriever MBE and George Webster, with Dr Ranj Singh, NHS doctor and BAFTA award-winning presenter, in as an ambassador of the initiative. Many of these people will present activity videos.
“It has been difficult for children and young people over the past two years and unfortunately a significant number of them have mental health issues,” Singh said. “I see this every day as a frontline pediatrician, and that’s why initiatives like Moodboosters are essential as they help address some of these issues. Not only are they fun, but they give kids practical tools they can use on their own, with their teachers, friends, or family to help them better cope with the world around them.
Dowden said, “I’m so excited about the Moodboosters initiative, and really wanted to be involved and lend my support. It’s something everyone can get involved in and benefit from, not just children, but adults too.
To celebrate the launch of Moodboosters, children across the UK were invited to a great activity on November 18, the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal Day. Led by broadcaster Gethin Jones and with The Body Coach Joe Wicks as special guest, the event will be broadcast live to classrooms.
“Supporting children and young people in their mental well-being is essential to their overall development,” Jones said. “Moodboosters gives young people the opportunity to participate in a range of online activities at school with their peers where they can enjoy moving their bodies for fun and to feel more positive. Can’t wait to see primary schools across the UK come together for a fun afternoon of live Moodboosters. We’ll see each other there!”
Wicks added, “Getting our bodies moving is key to positive mental well-being, and I’m thrilled to be participating in Moodboosters this year. It’s so important to exercise and participate in activities that will not only benefit you physically, but will make you feel good and help you be the best you can be. Hopefully the Moodboosters initiative will help children and young people feel empowered to increase their positive mental well-being through fun and simple activities that can be done in the classroom or at home. I can’t wait for elementary schools across the country to tune in to the live moment.
“It’s never too early to start taking care of your mental health and we wanted to help children understand and manage their feelings and emotions during difficult times,” commented BBC Education Editor Lisa Percy. . “We know wellbeing can make a real difference to children’s ability to learn, so we are proud to offer our resources to schools and homes across the country through our new BBC Moodboosters initiative.”
Dr Martin Yelling, CEO of stormbreak CEO, said: “The past few years have not been easy for children. Across the UK, there has been an increase in mental health issues and challenges facing young people, which is why the BBC Moodboosters initiative couldn’t be better timed. I hope elementary schools across the country and the children who attend them will be happier and healthier because of their participation.”
Paddy Sloan, BBC Children in Need’s A Million & Me Program Director, added: “We are extremely proud to launch Moodboosters in partnership with BBC Education. BBC Children in Need has invested some £10million over the past three years to support projects such as Stormbreak across the UK, and it’s clear that children who are beginning to struggle with their mental health are responding positively to relationships of trust and support through friends, family and their local community. At school, by sharing fun and movements designed to build confidence, there is an opportunity to help children feel good and better manage their feelings.
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