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 email@example.com, or telephone to arrange an appointment with Mrs Cornall on 01795 533124.
Please find useful information below.
Place2Be are hosting Children's Mental Health Week from 1-7 February 2021. This year's theme is 'Express Yourself' through creativity. Place2Be has created free activities and resources to help children (and adults) to explore the different creative ways that they can share thoughts, feelings and ideas . This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film and doing activities that make you feel good! From the 1st February, use the link below to access activities and an online assembly that you can use at home. Enjoy and get creative!
Express Yourself Toolkit
It's Ok (Please Just Say) Song and Video
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
Resources for Dealing with the Effects of Lockdown
Reducing Coronavirus Anxiety in Children
Explaining Coronavirus to Children
Grounding Activities to Calm
Making Resilience Everyone's Business
You're Never too Young to Talk Mental Health
The Art Room at Home
The Ten Keys to Happier Living
Action for Happiness - A Guide to the Ten Keys to Happiness
A Toolbox of Wellbeing - Tina Rae
Look after your wellbeing, as a family, as you countdown to the holidays!
Each day, try a different five minute activity from the Wellbeing Advent Calendar to help boost wellbeing and look after your family's mental health in the lead up to the festive season.
Wellbeing Advent Calendar
Looking Back and Planning Ahead Toolkit
We’re coming to the end of 2020, and it has been a uniquely challenging and difficult year for everybody. The Christmas holidays this year may be welcome for some families, but anxiety-inducing for others. Children may be worried about what the festive season will look like this year. This toolkit helps us all to reflect on 2020, and manage any end-of-term anxieties. It includes resources to support the wellbeing of staff, parents and young people.
CANCELLED - Save the Children Rainbow Day - Tuesday 5th January 2021
Children in Need Rainbow Day - Monday 2nd November
After the stress and worry of the coronavirus pandemic, this year Children in Need are making children’s mental wellbeing their number one priority. Five to Thrive is their new unique programme of wellbeing activities inspired by the Wheel of Wellbeing, to help children feel happier and healthier this year.
A huge thank you to our Ethelbert family and our Year Six Rainbow Wellbeing Champions for helping us to 'connect' and 'give' on our first Rainbow Day of the year. We enjoyed a colourful afternoon of Five to Thrive wellbeing activities, including a mindfulness colouring competition, and we raised £207.40 for Children in Need!
You Never Know What You Can Do Until You Try...
Create a whole school rainbow by wearing rainbow colour clothes on Rainbow Days!
First Rainbow Day - Monday 2nd November...
Four of our Year Six girls have recognised that some children find it anxiety provoking returning to school after long periods of time at home. These girls have been thinking about wellbeing and three of the Keys to Happier Living: 'Giving', 'Direction' and 'Resilience'. They are keen to encourage our Ethelbert children to 'Be Ready' and excited to return to school, following school holidays. They would like to introduce Rainbow Days for our children to look forward to whilst also supporting each other to bounce back when coping with change and transition. The first day of each term will be a Rainbow day. These days will be non-uniform and rainbow day afternoons will be full of fun, wellbeing challenges set by the girls. The girls are also keen to help us to give and think of others by collecting donations for different children's charities on these Rainbow Days...
Monday 2nd November - Children in Need
Tuesday 5th January - Save the Children
Monday 22nd February - Red Nose Day
Monday 19th April - Scope
Tuesday 8th June - Demelza House
More details to follow...
Our Mental Wellbeing Champions!
Giving and Relating are two of the Ten Keys to Happier Living. Two of our amazing Year Five children have taken a lead in showing us how to use these keys by setting up a kindness project. This week, adults have given out 'WEKIND' tokens to reward anybody that has been kind. These tokens have been collected in a class box, counted at the end of the week and prizes allocated. These boys have been spectacular and have worked hard on their plan. The Resilience and Wellbeing Team are super proud of how they are supporting our school community to achieve better wellbeing by reminding us to connect with people and do kind acts for others!
"WEKIND is all about kindness and support. This means supporting your friends and helping whenever. Classes will be rewarded for random acts of kindness." Adam and Will (Year 5)
The Wheel of Wellbeing in Our Garden...
Hello Yellow Day - Friday 9th October 2020
Let's Brighten up a school day for our children's mental health!
We said #Hello Yellow to show our Ethelbert family that we are not alone with our mental health. This year's theme was 'Coming Together'. We have all been living through difficult times. By being there for each other and sharing positive moments, we can feel hopeful about the future
Thank you for supporting us to make our Hello Yellow Day a day of sunshine, dancing and laughter!
We Raised £197.64 in donations for Young Minds!
Although we couldn't physically all 'come together', our Wellbeing Tree display enabled everyone in our school community to put our self-care thoughts together and reminds us of the Wheel of Wellbeing and the Ten Keys to Happier Living.
School Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing
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!