As a school community, we strongly believe in the value of children learning about how to look after themselves and make mental health and wellbeing a priority.
Support for wellbeing and positive mental health education is woven throughout school life in a number of ways. We are aware that times are very strange right now and that this can be unsettling for our children. Through our PSHE provision, special events (such as mental health awareness week) and assemblies, we are always striving to ensure our children have a positive mindset and understand ways they can keep their minds and bodies healthy.
What is Mental Health?
It can be hard for our young people to really understand what is meant by Mental Health and Wellbeing so here are some nice clips to help them understand:
Looking after our mental health:
Below are things you can practice with your child at home;
Each day, find three things you are grateful for.
Take time out each day to be present in the now.
Go for a walk, without phones, and take in the nature around you.
Screen Free Time
Have daily time where the whole family are screen free together.
Where can I find support and advice?
For Parents: Here are a selection of podcasts to help parents understand the different areas your child may need support in – https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/child-in-mind/
Top Tips for looking after our Wellbeing
Stay connected with us – email your teachers, we look forward to hearing from you!
Talk about your worries to family members or teachers. We are all here to listen.
Look after your body. Eat well, exercise and sleep well.
Manage your feelings and take time to relax. You could do some mindfulness activities or yoga.
Carry on doing things you enjoy! (E.g. reading, gardening, dancing to your favourite music, or cooking with adult support)
Keep your mind active by trying out some jigsaws, word searches or crosswords.
Our Weekly Wellbeing Newsletter
Yoga and Mindfulness
We know you all enjoy colouring, here are a few sheets for you print off and colour in and also a nice Valentines themed Yoga Video for you try out and feel calm with. Enjoy!
Helplines for Parents and Carers
Parentline: (Text message): 07520 619919
Listening Ear: (Covid bereavement support) : 0800 0485224
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000247
Insight (NHS Talking Therapies): 0300 3000033
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Citizens Advice: 03300 4568369
Samaritans: 116 123
Young Minds Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 1st – 7th February 2021
Theme: Express Yourself
Now more than ever this is such an important week. As a school we are aware of the struggles facing young people currently and as a result have adapted the work that will be sent out to you next week to allow you to explore ways of helping your children stay mentally healthy. https://www.place2be.org.uk/
Top Tips for Parents