Mental Well-being

Welcome to our support page for mental health and well-being, we hope you find this page a useful guide and tool to support you and your child. 

We all have to consider our mental health, which is about our feelings, our thinking, our emotions and our moods.  Coronavirus, as well as other pressures, is impacting all of our lives.  Emotional well-being is about our ability to understand, control and express our emotions in a healthy way.  Looking after our mental health is important: the NHS states that evidence suggests there are five steps we can take to improve our mental health and well-being. 

1. Connect with other people: good relationships are important. Talk, listen, make the most of technology to stay in touch with family and friends, send someone a letter/email, eat a meal together, switch off your gadgets.

2. Be active: this is great for your mental health as well as your physical health and fitness.

3. Keep learning: research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental health and well-being. Try something new, work on a project or read a book 

4. Give to others: thoughtful acts can help improve both yours and the recipient’s mental health and well-being. Say thank you, ask someone how they are, offer to help, pay someone a compliment, do something nice for someone, or simply smile.

5. Take notice: by paying attention to your feelings, noticing the world around you, stopping and listening, being mindful, you can improve your mental health and well-being.

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The government has also produced advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

There are also a number of agencies that can support with mental wellbeing in the local community, and links to these can be found below.  Please note, Kidbrooke Park Primary School is not the owner or creator of most of the resources listed below, and it should be noted that content is used at your own risk.

Greenwich Time to Talk

Website: http://oxleas.nhs.uk/advice-and-guidance/greenwich-time-talk-iapt1/

Description:  Time to Talk is part of a national programme called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). It is for people with mild problems of anxiety or depression who are motivated to work to change the problem.

Greenwich Community Directory

Website: https://greenwichcommunitydirectory.org.uk/kb5/greenwich/directory/service.page?id=EMgI1FHlz9o&localofferchannel=0

Key stages: all families

Description: Resources to support families, provided by the Greenwich Community Directory.

Registration: not required

HeadScape

Website: https://headscapegreenwich.co.uk/

Key stages: Key stages 1 and 2

Description: HeadScape is a 'one stop' source of self-help about a range of mental health issues and conditions for young people to browse at leisure.

Registration: not required

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for children. Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence - and get kids into yoga and mindfulness early!

Registration: not required

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus-support/support-for-early-years/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

Registration: not required

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Website: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.

Registration: not required

Children’s Commissioner

Website: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Registration: not required

Click View

Website: www.clickview.co.uk/free

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: activities to support areas of wellbeing including resilience, mental health and emotions, for primary-aged students.

Registration: not required

JMB Education

Website: https://www.jmbeducation.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 to key stage 3

Description: mindfulness activities, soundscapes and musicscapes to help children focus on their feelings, thoughts and environment.

Registration: school registration required

MindEd

Website: https://www.minded.org.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

Registration: not required, but registration increases functionality

Muddy Faces

Website: https://muddyfaces.co.uk/outdoor-hub/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a range of health and wellbeing activities and resources that can be completed outdoors.

Registration: not required

The Child Bereavement Network

Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/schools.aspx

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Registration: not required

Cruse Bereavement Care

Website: https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-bereavement-and-grief

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Registration: not required

Unicef UK

Website: https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/resources/teaching-resources/guidance-assemblies-lessons/article-of-the-week/

Key stages: all children including adults

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Registration: not required

Samaritans

Samaritans are there if you need someone to talk to, they will listen. They won't judge or tell you what to do.

Website:  https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/