We are committed to doing everything we can to support the positive mental health of all of our school family. In these tricky times, you may find this Self care summer – primary pack useful for your child to work through.
Do have a look at the fabulous art work we created across the whole Trust which was unveiled on Mental Health Awareness Day!
We are delighted to share these online resources. As always, if there is anything we can do to support you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
In support of – All
- An excellent toolkit of resources for coronavirus and mental health: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-resources-for-mental-health-and-wellbeing/
- Mind have comprehensive mental health resources for your own personal wellbeing, and also wellbeing in the workplace: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
- NHS – Health A-Z (Mental Health), a whole range of audio guides and signposting to mental health helplines, support groups and expert advice. The website also allows you to put in your local postcode to find out what resources are close to you: www.nhs.uk
- Public Health England & NHS Every Mind Matters website – generic health and wellbeing information linked to the NHS: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters
- Samaritans – if you are worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
In support of – Teachers and Pupils
- The National College are running free support hubs and webinars for pupils and teachers: https://thenationalcollege.co.uk
In support of – Parents and Pupils
- Government and DfE Mental Health Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/
- Please also see: Support for pupils and parents – NYES
- https://www.thegoto.org.uk/ Healthy minds website for young people aged 18-25 and adults in North Yorkshire.
In support of – Children / Young people
- NSPCC – Includes resources to support children with anxiety: nspcc.org.uk
- The Children’s Society: childrenssociety.org.uk
- Youth and wellbeing Directory: annafreud.org
- Take Time Out: youngminds.org.uk
- Support for Young People: themix.org.uk
- Action for Children mental health resources and information: www.actionforchildren.org.uk
- Childline mental health support and guidance: www.childline.org.uk
- Health Education England (in association with Young Minds have agreed a number of accessible on line modules) This is mainly for adults/family/carers in support of children’s mental health – free and accessible with no login required: www.minded.org.uk
- Local Children & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services: NHS local Access to Children & Young Peoples services: www.tewv.nhs.uk
- Alliance Psychological Services – Children &young people’s therapies and intervention: alliancepsychology.com
- Charlie Waller Memorial Trust – Talking to children about feelings: Tips for parents and carers https://www.cwmt.org.uk/talking-about-feelings
- British Psychological Society – blogs, videos, webinars and advice on variety of issues that families might be experiencing due to Covid-19. https://www.bps.org.uk/coronavirus-resources/public
- World Health Organisation – simple infographic on ‘Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-CoV outbreak’ https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf?sfvrsn=f3a063ff_2
- How to talk to your child about Covid-19 article https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
- ALN Home School – this site is designed to benefit parents and carers of young people who have additional learning needs who may have to be home schooled during the Covid-19 outbreak. https://sites.google.com/bridgend.ac.uk/alnhomeschool
- These websites are excellent for supporting with bereavement: www.childbereavementuk.org www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk and www.winstonswish.org
- One of the best ways to promote positive mental health is to keep active – See: Keeping active at home ideas
- BBC Newsround, providing advice to children and young people who are worried about coronavirus: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/
- Hungry little minds: https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
- BBC Tiny Happy People is a free website, which gives ideas for activities and play ideas pre-birth – age 5: www.bbc.co.uk/tinyhappypeople
- Free online course for children (7-12) as a way of learning about the global COVID-19 pandemic. They will learn helpful information about what the new virus is, how to stay healthy and do their best not to pass it on, how they might feel about it, things to do at home: https://www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/
- Alder Hey Childrens NHS Foundation Trust – animation to help children understand what Coronavirus is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMR3WPCRuAI&feature=youtu.be
- My Hero is You story book aimed to help children (6-11) to understand Covid-19. This can be downloaded or played as an audiobook. It is also produced in 6 languages: https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2020/4/5e8ecdba4/childrens-storybook-released-help-children-young-people-cope-covid-19.html
- Coronavirus – A Book for Children story book explaining coronavirus to children (5-9): https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus_ABookForChildren.pdf
- In terms of curriculum and Coronavirus/emotional health and wellbeing – the PSHE Association has created a Coronavirus Hub, which does provide info and advice about building this into the curriculum, teaching remotely, podcasts etc. for teachers: https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/content/coronavirus-hub
- Underdogg and the indoor adventure – explores what to do when we are frightened and links to staying safe indoors.
- Underdogg and the Gritty Cat – explores perseverance.
- How to not go to School A chapter book with questions within each chapter but also many other activities could be linked e.g. making feelings stones, designing an imaginary friend. www.parsleymimblewood.wordpress.com
- The Oyster and the Butterfly: The Coronavirus and Me https://www.stewartmemorial.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Book-Oyster-Butterfly-1.pdf
- Children’s Commissioner- Children’s Guide to Coronavirus https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cco-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus.pdf
- Covibook: Hello I’m a virus – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic. Available in 18 different languages: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
- Carol Gray has produced a social story about coronavirus and pandemics. The social story uses large print pictures and provides contextual information about pandemics and viruses in general. https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf
- Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Wellbeing Challenge following the five ways to mental well-being https://www.cwmt.org.uk/wellbeing-challenge
- Thinking games – this website has links to a whole host of games designed to improve logical thinking skills https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/
- Sensory Learning Activities: A to Z of ideas https://inclusiveteach.com/2019/05/13/the-a-z-of-sensory-learning-activities/
- 44 engineering and science challenges from the engineers at Dyson. https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/content/dam/pdf/JDF_with%20cover%20challenge-cards_DIGITAL.pdf
Resources from Church
- St Marys Church Richmond > Latest Resources & Podcasts
- Supporting good mental health | The Church of England
- Light a candle | The Church of England
- I am a Parent | The Church of England
Staff – Do remember we are here to support you too! As you know, we buy in to support for you from both Health Assured and Occupational Health. You can also access the Education Support Network – 08000 562561. Please also see: Support for staff in schools – NYES If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to speak to a member of the senior leadership team.