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Action for happiness link for June 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A big welcome back to everyone. This term we are really excited to be launching myHappymind which will help children to understand and look after their body and mind. Look out for the parents app too.
We have finally returned to school and some normality is present in our lives again, with this though comes lots of different feelings for the children. Speaking to some of the children it is clear that they are feeling excited to see their friends, but nervous if the friendships are the same, excited to be in school again but worried about any changes that might have occurred to their day, ready to enjoy the rest of the school year but anxious they haven’t got long left. Make time to talk to your child and really listen to how they are feeling. Try not to just say “oh you will be fine” or “its ok you love school”. Help your child to think about the good things and encourage them to look for the evidence and facts that support their worries and make plans. This will give them the skills they need to solve things in the future. You might find these links useful:
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
Mental Health week 2021 runs from 1st-7th February and if there was ever a time we had to give this some thought it is now. The theme is Express Yourself. Visit the Place2Be website which has tips, activities and resources to help children (and adults) to explore the different ways to share thoughts, feelings and ideas to support your children and as parents.
There are lots of resources on the Children’s Mental Health Week website that you can use with your child at home including activity ideas; tips for parents and carers and a virtual assembly by some celebrities! Please visit childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk to find out more.
Even though it is Children’s Mental Health week remember to look after your own, think of something that makes you happy, maybe try something new, make time for it, remember you’re important too.
Kilmorie participated in the mental health wellbeing day on Thursday 4th February. Take a look at some pictures of our day:
Click on the following link to see what some staff members have been doing to express themselves: Children’s Mental Health Week what the staff did!
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.
Mind ed for families is a safe and reliable advise about young people’s mental health, creatd 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.