Mental Health Awareness week May 10th to 16th 2021
There are lots of ways that you can get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week and #ConnectWithNature. Please click the link here to see how.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mental Health and wellbeing are a priority for our school particularly throughout this last year which has been challenging in so many ways. It is entirely understandable to be feeling overwhelmed, worried or exhausted about the situation. As a parent it is harder than ever to look after your child’s mental health and wellbeing.
Here are useful links to offer you some tips/advice –
We are really keen to work together with you as parents so if you have any suggestions or would like to discuss school’s Mental Health Provision please contact email@example.com.
Below are a few suggestions of how you can support your child at home:
- Reduce screen time after school hours e.g. phones and digital devices
- Ensure good routines
- Waking up at a set time
- Getting dressed for school
- Going to bed at an appropriate time/ device free wind – down
- Try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, even if it is just a short walk
- Encourage conversations about how your child is feeling
- Complete the wellbeing journal with your child, for example, complete a daily gratitude activity together.
Mental Health Support
- Sometimes we can’t manage on our own and we need to reach out to someone for support. Try to encourage your child to open up about any concerns or fears that they may have. However, there are times when children need another pathway for support.
The following organisations will offer you and your child additional resources and advice:
- Kooth is an online counselling service that the pupils will be aware of through assemblies. They offer confidential support and resources for children’s mental health and wellbeing – https://www.kooth.com/
- Mind – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/ or phone 0300 123 3393 for support
- Young minds – https://youngminds.org.uk/ –
- text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
- We are also here to offer support and advice so please contact us or encourage your child to speak to a member of staff.
- ChildLine (0800 1111) https://www.childline.org.uk/ A private and confidential service for you to talk about anything.
- NSPCC (0808 800 5000) https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
- NHS Bolton : Parent Home-school survival toolkit
- NHS Bolton : Secondary health and well-being challenges
- NHS Bolton : Parent Chathealth messaging service
- NHS Bolton : ChatHealth messaging service for young people
Physical health and wellbeing
- Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. It increases self-esteem whilst reducing stress and anxiety. We regularly promote the links between physical and mental health, as such, students are taking part in scheduled High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions each week in their PE lessons. It would be great to see students using these routines on their own or with friends at other times during the week.
Children’s Mental Health Week From 1-7 February 2021, we’re taking part in Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is ExpressYourself. Place2Be has created activities and resources to help children (and adults) to explore the different ways that they can share their thoughts, feelings and ideas.
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 an online assembly which will be available from Monday 1February. Visit childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk to find out more.
Last updated February 2021