Mental Health and wellbeing are a priority for our school particularly throughout these last few years which have been particularly challenging and difficult for parents and pupils 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.
We are really keen to work together with parents, so if you have any suggestions or would like to discuss school’s Mental Health Provision please contact email@example.com.
Below are useful links for parents and pupils to offer some tips/advice –
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:
- Be kind to my mind: Across Bolton there are lots of services that can help support you, your friends’ and your families’ mental health and wellbeing. Some of these services are linked here: https://www.bekindtomymind.co.uk/who-can-you-speak-to/
- Kooth: Anonymous online mental health support for children and young people in Bolton aged 11 -25. It can be accessed for free on any device via www.kooth.com – simple anonymous registration. Includes 1:1 text based counselling , 24.7 messaging function, moderated forums, self-help materials and articles. Access to social media assets via https://cloud.brandmaster.com/brandcenter/en/koothplc/ 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.
Help with how to talk to Children about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how to help them avoid misinformation.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is distressing and concerning, and we understand children and young people may have questions or be seeking reassurance. Below we share some useful advice and resources used by the school to help students understand the conflict. These may also be useful for families and young people themselves.
Childrens Mental Health Week 7th – 13th February 2022
We are proud to support place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. This year the theme is Growing Together. Children (and adults) are encouraged to consider how they have grown and how they can help others grow.
Growing together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. However emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit stuck.
Parents and carers play an important role in a child’s mental health. Resources are available to help with this in the link here.
Students can access resources for themselves here.
Please see below for any additional support or resources parents/guardians or students may need.
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.
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.