Mental Health Awareness Week 10th May
This week we will be focusing on the role of nature in our pupils' mental health and wellbeing. Children will have opportunities to be mindful, to consider how an appreciation of nature can contribute to their mental health and to link physical wellbeing to mental wellbeing.
This is May's Action for Happiness Calendar!
Parenting or caring for a child or young person whilst educating them at home can be difficult. It's also important to make sure you look after your own mental wellbeing. Please see some links to fantastic sites and resources below, which may help you negotiate this tricky period.
The Youth Wellbeing Directory provides a list of free local and national organisations offering MH support for anyone up to age 25.
http://www.onmymind.info will take you to 9 free digital mental health resources for young people co-produced with young people.
The tips below are from one of the sites mentioned above: Children's mental health | Every Mind Matters | One You (www.nhs.uk)
There are also some really useful transition documents underneath.
Top tips for going back to school or college
Make sure they're prepared for and understand what's different about being back. Talk about how things have changed – like the lesson schedule, class sizes, social distancing and whether they are able to see all their friends or teachers.
Focus on the good things
Reassure them the current situation will not last forever and that any negative feelings they have should pass. Discuss the future, find out what they're looking forward to and try to focus on those positives when they're worried.
Talk about being careful
Recap what their institution is doing to make things as safe as possible, as well the things they can do themselves to stay safe from the virus. This should help ease any anxiety – for them and for you.
Re-establish a routine
Routines can be reassuring too. Try to get into the swing of what worked before as far as possible in terms of healthy eating, activity and sleep, or think about new routines that work better for the situation as it is now.
Reconnect with friends
Have they been in regular touch with friends over the past few months? Are they worried friendships have weakened? Even if they kept in touch, find out if there's anything else they might want to do to reconnect now, as far as restrictions allow.
Help them solve problems
Discuss what changed and how they coped during the national lockdown, and how they're dealing with any local restrictions now – could any of it help over the next few months, or if their school closes again? Are there other strategies they have used before in challenging situations they could apply?
The Place2Be charity have also created lots of art-based activities which you and your child/ren may enjoy exploring. They are based on the belief that art is a creative tool which develops resilience and connects with others. The creative projects are about nurturing relationships whilst having fun making art together and they are free to print off and use.