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Conway Primary School

Health & Wellbeing

In this section you will find resources chosen by our Headteacher to assist with  you and your children/s balance of  mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Well-being
Welcome to our support page for mental health and well-being, we hope you find this page a useful guide and tool to support you and your child.  Please find below specific weblinks with information.

We all have to consider our mental health, which is about our feelings, our thinking, our emotions and our moods.  Coronavirus, as well as other pressures, is impacting all of our lives.  Emotional well-being is about our ability to understand, control and express our emotions in a healthy way.  Looking after our mental health is important: the NHS states that evidence suggests there are five steps we can take to improve our mental health and well-being. 

1. Connect with other people: good relationships are important. Talk, listen, make the most of technology to stay in touch with family and friends, send someone a letter/email, eat a meal together, switch off your gadgets.
2. Be active: this is great for your mental health as well as your physical health and fitness.
3. Keep learning: research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental health and well-being. Try something new, work on a project or read a book 
4. Give to others: thoughtful acts can help improve both yours and the recipient’s mental health and well-being. Say thank you, ask someone how they are, offer to help, pay someone a compliment, do something nice for someone, or simply smile.
5. Take notice: by paying attention to your feelings, noticing the world around you, stopping and listening, being mindful, you can improve your mental health and well-being.

The government has also produced advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

There are also a number of agencies that can support with mental wellbeing in the local community, and links to these can be found below.  Please note, Conway Primary School is not the owner or creator of most of the resources listed below, and it should be noted that content is used at your own risk.

Greenwich Time to Talk
Website: http://oxleas.nhs.uk/advice-and-guidance/greenwich-time-talk-iapt1/
Description:  Time to Talk is part of a national programme called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). It is for people with mild problems of anxiety or depression who are motivated to work to change the problem.

Greenwich Community Directory
Website: https://greenwichcommunitydirectory.org.uk/kb5/greenwich/directory/service.page?id=EMgI1FHlz9o&localofferchannel=0
Key stages: all families
Description: Resources to support families, provided by the Greenwich Community Directory.
Registration: not required

HeadScape
Website: https://headscapegreenwich.co.uk/
Key stages: Key stages 1 and 2
Description: HeadScape is a 'one stop' source of self-help about a range of mental health issues and conditions for young people to browse at leisure.
Registration: not required

Cosmic Kids Yoga
Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2
Description: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for children. Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence - and get kids into yoga and mindfulness early!
Registration: not required

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Website: https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus-support/support-for-early-years/
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2
Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.
Registration: not required

British Psychological Society (BPS)
Website: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2
Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.Registration: not required

Children’s Commissioner
Website: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2
Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus (COVID-19).
Registration: not required

Click View
Website: www.clickview.co.uk/free
Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2
Description: activities to support areas of wellbeing including resilience, mental health and emotions, for primary-aged students.
Registration: not required

JMB Education
Website: https://www.jmbeducation.com/
Key stages: key stage 1 to key stage 3
Description: mindfulness activities, soundscapes and musicscapes to help children focus on their feelings, thoughts and environment.
Registration: school registration required

MindEd
Website: https://www.minded.org.uk/
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2
Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.
Registration: not required, but registration increases functionality

Muddy Faces
Website: https://muddyfaces.co.uk/outdoor-hub/
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2
Description: a range of health and wellbeing activities and resources that can be completed outdoors.
Registration: not required

The Child Bereavement Network
Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/schools.aspx
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2
Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Registration: not required

Cruse Bereavement Care
Website: https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-bereavement-and-grief
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2
Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Registration: not required

Unicef UK
Website: https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/resources/teaching-resources/guidance-assemblies-lessons/article-of-the-week/
Key stages: all children including adults
Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Registration: not required

Samaritans
Samaritans are there if you need someone to talk to, they will listen. They won't judge or tell you what to do.
Website:  https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Click the link to find a good source of content on Metal Wellbeing for children and  - adults https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/1960/coronavirus-mental-health-and-wellbeing-resources.pdf?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_term=AFC&utm_content=toolkit

When you need to unwind a bit, sit comfortably and have a go at this meditation -https://youtu.be/DWOHcGF1Tmc

Information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions.
 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/880807/Bereavement-Leaflet-digital.pdf