Mental health and well-being
Supporting parents, carers and children's mental health and well-being is important to us at Sandfield Close Primary School.
With the current situation of Covid- 19 and a world-wide lockdown, this may be increasing stress for families. There are some really useful organisations that can help you at this difficult time.
It may also be helpful to think about ways to support yourself and model these to your children including:
• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
• Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy or learn something new. It is a great opportunity to do this.
• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. It is always good to talk.
•Spend time as a family and participate in a family game. There are lots of board games and games you could play in the back garden.
Websites specific for parent to access to support their child’s mental health and well-being and their own
This ‘government’ website above has lots of advice for parents about what to do to support child and young peoples mental health and well-being during the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
This ‘childline’ website above has lots of calming activities, breathing activates, yourselves, yoga, games and ways to cope for children.
This ‘Improving children’s mental health’ website by Place2be above has lots of advice on how to support children during the coronavirus lockdown. It has useful tips for children.
This ‘NHS Every mind matters’ website above is for parents to use to find out what they can do to support mental well-being while at home during the lockdown.
The NHS have collated recommended helplines and support groups that can provide you with expert advice and guidance, whether you are concerned about yourself or a loved one.
This ‘Zumos’ website above is for parents to use to find out how they can develop techniques to build a happy life.
Young Minds website above provides help and support for the emotional health of children and young people including useful tips on how to talk about the current health situation. Parents Helpline -0800 802 5544
Every Mind Matters have released guidance on numerous mental health problems we might be experiencing, including dealing with anxiety, managing stress and looking after young people.
This website is for children between 10-18 years old. Parents can support children by talking to them about self-help knowledge and skills and working through the apps with children aged between 10-18 years old.
Leicester City CAMHS:
Leicester City Mental Well Being:
The Mental Health Foundation have a range of resources to support health and well-being during the current situation. They have also produced a short guide that specifically aims to outline the scale of the challenge facing schools during this time. It provides practical advice and support for teachers who are supporting pupils in returning to school.
When the Tension Goes –identify how you feel and decide what am going to do about it:
Citizens Advice Leicester
Family Lives Offers advice and support for parents with any age child with a helpful website packed with resources and information and a free, confidential phone line. Tel: 0808 800 2222 www.familylives.org.uk
'Our Frontline’ is a new resource that has been launched to support those under the most pressure. Our Frontline is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They provide tailored information and guidance for all key workers, along with around the clock support for key workers’ mental and emotional well-being
The Local Government Association have released guidance on the key steps recommended for employers in supporting the well-being of front-line and critical workers.
Mind have produced supportive guidance throughout this period, including looking after your mental health, practical advice on going to work for key workers and building resilience to manage stress.
Cruse Bereavement Care have put together a number of resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by the current situation.
Calm is useful app for mindfulness and relaxation, with free resources for all ages.
Headspace provides information on how to look after your mind. Their free Headspace app, Weathering the storm, offers free support via meditations and sleep and movement exercises.
If you have any concerns or require advice regarding child protection, please contact our Child Protection Officer and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs. Dhillon on 0116 2660333 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a concern for the welfare of a child, then you can contact your local Children’s Services for your area or in an emergency call 999.
If it would help to talk with someone regarding your own family, please contact the Headteacher Mrs Dhillon via the school office at email@example.com
Please also have a look at the attachments below for further support on mental health and well-being.