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.
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
Leicester City CAMHS- https://mychoice.leicester.gov.uk/Services/1114
When the Tension Goes –identify how you feel and decide what am going to do about it: https://whenthetensiongoes.com/
Citizens Advice Leicester http://citizensadviceleicestershire.org/contact-us/
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also have a look at the attachments below for further support on mental health and well-being.