Mental Health and Wellbeing
Ethelbert Road Primary School understands that a mentally healthy school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. We support children to flourish, learn and succeed by providing opportunities for them, and the adults around them, to develop the strengths and coping skills that underpin resilience. We see positive mental health and wellbeing as fundamental to our values, mission and culture. Our School rules of 'Be safe', 'Be kind', 'Be ready' reflect this ethos.
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager supports our children, parents, staff and governors within a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. If you would like to meet with our Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager, please contact the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone to arrange an appointment with Mrs Cornall on 01795 533124.
Please find useful information below.
Self Care in the Summer
Just as we look after our physical health, it’s important to look after our mental health. Self-care is all about what you can do to help yourself feel better or to keep yourself feeling good. It’s a way that we can look after our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help your body and mind to relax, drift away, or be more energised. There are five ways to mental wellbeing - Connect, Give, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Be Active.
There are lots of different ways you can try self-care: dancing, spending time with friends, playing sports, laughing, drawing, being in nature, gardening, and spending time with pets - anything that makes you feel good! Take a look at the links below to give you some ideas for keeping mentally healthy and getting ready for coming back to school. Have fun and see you in September!
Fun ways to Mental Wellbeing
Summer Activities to Get Ready for Returning to School
Coping with Unexpected Change and Uncertainty
We know that our children's lives have been disrupted during these uncertain times. Some may be suffering from anxiety as schools reopen, others may be feeling isolated at home because they would like to return to school but can't. Professor Prathiba Chitsabesan (NHS England Associate National Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health) explained that: “Children and young people may be experiencing a variety of feelings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including anxiety, distress and low mood." "It is important to understand that these are normal responses to an abnormal situation.”
Parents can take simple steps to help children who might be struggling to deal with the loneliness and uncertainty of lockdown or fears about returning to school.
Signs that parents should look out for include:
- Children are more upset or find it hard to manage their emotions
- They may appear anxious or distressed
- Increasing trouble with sleeping and eating
- Appearing low in mood, withdrawn or tearful
- Reporting worried or negative thoughts about themselves or their future
- For younger children, there may be more bed wetting
If a parent is worried about their child’s mental health, they can help by:
- Making time to talk to your child about their feelings
- Try to understand their problems and provide reassurance that you have heard them and are there to help. Don't always look on the bright side, acknowledge the difficulties and let them know it is ok to not feel ok. They can talk about it, they are not alone
- Help your child do positive activities for Mental Wellbeing - Connect, Give, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take notice
- Try to keep a routine over the next few weeks, prioritise relationships, security and safety
- Look after your own mental health
Links to local and regional services are detailed below alongside toolkits and mental health and wellbeing resources for children and adults.
The NHS offers a large amount of mental health support for young people and adults. If you are concerned about a young person’s mental health and are not sure what extra help is needed you can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) ON 0300 1234496. The SPA is there to help you explore the difficulties and find the most appropriate response. We are still #HereForYou. If you are a parent or teacher you can also access useful resources and service information at www.kentresiliencehub.org.uk #KentTogether.
Text ‘Kent’ to 85258 for in the moment help when life gets overwhelming and you need immediate support. No fee, no registration or data required - it is silent, free, confidential and anonymous. We are here for everyone, young people and adults, 24/7 - text any time, day or night, whenever you need mental health support. We are #HereForYou 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whenever you need mental health support. #KentTogether
Support is available from domestic abuse services in Kent during this time for victims and those worried about loved ones. Visit www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk for local support services and advice, or contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 for confidential support 24 hours a day. You can also ring Childline on 0800 1111 if you are a child or young person who is a victim, or are worried about domestic violence in your home. #KentTogether #HereForYou
Managing Transitions - Support and Advice for Parents, Children and Staff
Advice to Parents in Supporting Young People to Cope with Unexpected Endings and Loss
Anxiety Management Resources for Young People, Parents and Staff
Building Resilience Toolkit
Transition Resources - Useful for Vulnerable Children and Children with SEND
Kent Educational Psychology Service - Coronavirus Advice for Parents
Mental Health Toolkit for Parents, Children and Staff during the Coronavirus Outbreak. Including resources to use with vulnerable children or children with SEND..
Responding to the Coronavirus - Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Coronavirus Social Stories
NHS COVID-19 Parent Guide
Mental Health Advice - Coronavirus
The Bereavement Guide - Supporting Young Children through Grief and Loss - Nurture UK
Seven Days of Kindness Calendar
In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (commencing 18th May) and the theme of kindness, primary school communities are being encouraged to get mentally healthy by spreading a little kindness. This calendar, designed to be used throughout Mental Health Awareness Week (in Lockdown) encourages pupils to do two acts of kindness each day - one to someone else and one to themselves. Have fun! The elephants are a 'kindness' gift from Mrs Cornall xxx