Take care | Stay positive | Recognise what is going well | Don’t compare
Active April 2022
Childrens Mental Health Awareness week 7th-13th February focussing on Growing Together
According to National Online Safety, young people need to learn to take care of their minds as well as their bodies. Lots of things can damage the way they feel and think, and it’s more common than people realise – one in every five children, for example, struggles with their mental health. Sending memes, jokes and messages online is easy – but finding the right words to talk to a friend who’s having a hard time can be tricky.
In support of Children’s Mental Health Week, they have produced a special #WakeUpWednesday poster:
7 ways to support children and young people who are worried
Clinicians at the Anna Freud Centre have developed seven ways that we consider to be best practice in responding to children and young people’s fears.View the PDF
All children have fears and worries at some point growing up which is normal. If you feel your child’s worries are impacting day to day life or are beginning to become distressing for your child then you might be interested in the next virtual mental health workshop. The workshop is run by CAMHS and it helps parents support their children. Email email@example.com for more information.
Things will continue to be different for each and every family, try and keep a routine going, one that suits your family. Keep your mind and body active and enjoy some family time.
Think about making your very own tool bag to get you through each day, just like any good builder, plumber or hairdresser. Think about some of the things you have done over the last few months that have helped you when you have been worried, sad or angry. Draw a tool bag and put these things in your bag. It might be going for a walk, listening to music, drawing, colouring, Lego, don’t forget to include people you can talk to. Your tool bag will be there whenever you need it.
Top tips for good mental health and wellbeing
Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Dr Alex George had shared his ‘top five tips’ for young people’s good mental health and wellbeing. This is live on the Department for Education’s YouTube Channel .
As national restrictions remain in place, he has given given advice to young people on how to improve their mood and look after themselves by eating well, getting plenty of sleep and natural light during the daytime.
Spotting signs of anxiety and 8 ways to help your child:
Stay positive and recognise what is going well
SafeSpot is a helpful app and website that aims to provide young people with access to coping strategies and resources in order to help them better deal with difficult situations. It is not a replacement for acute mental health services or an emergency service in itself. By continuing to use the site, you accept these terms.
MindEd for families is a safe and reliable advise about young people’s mental health, created by experts and parents together.
Contact numbers that you may find useful during lockdown:
Free, safe and anonymous online counselling service for young people 11-26 years old. Find us at kooth.com for instant access to our team of fully trained counsellors who can support you through any crisis that you might be experiencing. Mon-Fri:12pm-10pm Sat-Sun: 6pm-10pm
Go to YoungMinds for free mental health being resources for young people. The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK to young people. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
Childline.org.uk You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Call us free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However you choose to contact us, you’re in control. It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
We are here to help families who are struggling financially. If you are struggling with purchasing essential items for your baby or pre-school child, we can help. Contact Nicola on 07826 843655 who will make a referral on your behalf. If you can afford these essentials but are self-isolating, please contact your local council.
During Covid 19 the rules on Landlords issuing seeking possession notices has changed. If you are worried about this click on this link to check and go to housing.
Social prescribing helps you find ways to improve your health and wellbeing. It does this by connecting you to events in your local area. This could be anything from art classes and social activities for adults who are isolated, to getting benefits and legal advice. Social prescribing allows you to access activities that meet your wider emotional, physical and social needs. During Covid there may be a revised service. Call your GP for a referral. Social prescribing
Documents and the above information can be downloaded here:
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY can also support mental health. Just a 10 minute brisk walk helps our mental alertness, gives you more energy and a happier mood. Regular physical activity can enhance self-esteem as it releases feel good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and help to reduce stress and anxiety. Click here here to see some of the activities undertaken by children at our school.Download the leaflet (pdf)