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Mental Health and Wellbeing

A message from Miss Chamberlain, our Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader: 

In the current climate,  many children and families are feeling very unsettled.  We are all so used to routine and our ‘normal’ life and learning and working from home is very new to most if not all of us. 

Please take time for your whole family to relax, enjoy the sunshine, create junk models, go outside on a nature hunt (while sticking to social distancing rules!), paint and read. Make moments to do things you enjoy together…time will go by and before we know it we will be back to rushing  around and not having as much time for these lovely things.

 

 

I have attached a few suggestions below if your child is feeling anxious about the new situation, we are in.

Social Stories 

From ELSA support. An excellent resource for younger children, or those with additional needs, about Coronavirus using a social stories format. It will help young people or those with additional needs to understand the troubling situation.

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Childrens-story-about-coronavirus.pdf#

A social story for slightly older children, which was designed for children with autism. You will need to register on the website, which is free to do.

https://littlepuddins.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf

Book

The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas. A book aimed at 4 to 8-year-olds,

This can be used to explore young children’s feelings. A pop-up version and a colour monster activity book are also available. From libraries or Amazon (£5.35 new)  

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anna-Llenas/e/B00OA36KZC/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Podcast

Peace Out, Short stories that help children calm down and relax.

https://bedtime.fm/peaceout

Webpage

Jigsaw are sharing this link which provide the stories (audio files) and the Calm Me times (audio files) from two of the sessions. These stories align with the Jigsaw PSHE Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me Puzzles and are suitable for children aged 5+.

https://families.jigsawpshe.com/stuck-at-home/ Password: home

 

App                                                               

Chill Panda is an app that helps children learn to relax and manage their worries. The app suggests simple tasks to suit your state of mind, such as breathing techniques and light exercise.

It can be downloaded from the App Store for free https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/chill-panda-calm-your mind/id1184256407

or from Google play https://play.google.com/store/apps/detailsid=com.onteca.panda&hl=en_GB

Book

Potter’s Boy by Tony Milton. Book aimed at 9 to 12-year-olds a story of a boy who wants to be a warrior but has an underlying theme of mindfulness. Available from libraries or Amazon (£4) 

I hope you are all ok and remember to all take time for your own wellbeing; keep active, learn something new, connect with people, give support and take notice.

Miss Chamberlain

Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader

 

Change Team 

From now until March 2020, a Change Team will be working towards achieving a wellbeing award for both Eastrop and Southfield schools. The aim of the award is to promote positive social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and wellness for pupils and staff in our schools.

Change Team Members

The Change Team members are:

Mrs Spencer, Miss Chamberlain, Mrs Vallis, Miss Alder, Mrs Wild, Mrs Mangham, Miss James, Mrs Stewart and Mrs Hyland.

Questionnaire 

Thank you to all pupils, parents and staff who completed our questionnaire to enable us to begin the award process by writing an action plan. Shortly, I will share a summary of the results.

Focus Group

In the future we will be asking for some parents to join a focus group to assist us in ensuring the actions are rolled out to the whole school community and have had another opportunity to be part of the process.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, then please feel free to talk to any member of the Change Team.

Below are some links to key Mental Health and Wellbeing organisations offering professional and confidential help if you do not with to talk to someone in school;