Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear…’ Psalm 46:1-2

We have all entered uncertain and anxiety-provoking times. There is now much unknown and incongruence in our lives. It has required an enormous shift in lifestyle for nearly all of us. Now and over the coming days and weeks you will be adjusting to this new way of living, discovering how to create a new rhythm for yourselves as a family, a new routine, within the chaos.
School created predictability. We’ve now lost that predictability and structure which helped to create a feeling of safety. As much as we can right now we want to create a routine with our families, to help reduce the sense of threat that the unknown can bring.
We recommend at the beginning of each day, as a family, talk about the schedule for the day – talk about what you’re going to do in the day, how you’re going to plan the day.
We suggest proactively filling each day with regulation activities – e.g. including regular movement as part of routine/schedule – build in dance parties – maybe find online some 5 minute workout videos – go for walks – build them into the day.  Have a look at the suggestions in the links below.

Links

Stories for children:

I would rather go out

The Stay Home Superheroes  – Audio version – Video version

The Yucky Bug by Julia Cook: You tube link

Tips for parents, and suggestions for activities:

Talking to your children about the Yucky Bug

Regulation Activities

Some fun and silly songs and music activities you and your children might enjoy

Obstacle courses might help to regulate and provide entertainment – You tube link

Example of a grounding activity for adults and children, that can help to regulate the nervous system, through focusing on our senses: 5 things I can see, 4 things I can touch, 3 things I can hear, 2 things I can smell, 1 thing I can taste: You tube link

Here is some more detailed information, written by a play therapist, as to how parents can help children during this time:  Blog

Five Ways to Wellbeing in Isolation

Daily Wellbeing Activities

Links

Young Minds websiteLink

Safetynet have produced a special edition of their newsletter to reflect the challenging times that we find ourselves in. It includes info about Covid 19, home schooling and local services available.

This page has links for helpful resources around cv19, including Mindfulness activities, videos and stories.  Please remember if you find yourself needing extra support in any way, to contact Zoe Garbarz on her email [email protected].

In response to the coronavirus epidemic, Mentally Healthy Schools have produced an extremely useful resource including a variety of resources that can be used to ensure pupil mental health and wellbeing is being maintained during this uncertain time.  This includes resources for school staff.

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