This week we are celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week, this year’s theme is Express Yourself which is all about feeling good and the activities that help us feel good as well as great way to help children to explore the creative ways they can share their thoughts and feelings. Class teachers will be discussing this further with the children. Below are two PDFs with some more ideas of how you can support your children’s wellbeing.
Bereavement support for children, young people and families
The NHS in Birmingham is offering confidential bereavement support to help children, young people and families who may be grieving the death of a friend or loved one. At the moment, many people are cut off from their usual support networks; so if you know of a child or someone who needs support, please encourage them to get the help they need. Our local bereavement experts are available to offer support due to all types of loss and to people of all ages.
Simply call 0121 687 8010 for instant support. The telephone opening hours are:
· Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
· Tuesday, Thursday: 9.00am - 8.00pm
· Saturday and Sunday: 12.00pm - 5.00pm Assistance can also be accessed via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The start of this academic year is off to a great start, thanks for your support. It has been great welcoming all of our children back into school, the smiles we have missed for so long are happily back where they need to be. The children are back working hard with their learning and playing with their friends.
This year we have all been spending more time indoors, for most of us away from friends and family and the networks of support we have come to depend on. This has highlighted more than ever before our own mental health and wellbeing. Below are some links where support and advice is available. Taking care of yourself enables you to take care of those around you, I hope you find them useful.
As time passes, some frustrations/difficulties may be starting to 'kick in' causing your child/ren to feel unsettled at this challenging time.
Mostly, we consider/think that our children understand what is happening in our world because we have all been talking about things and it all over the media, but have we given our children the chance to share their understanding or express how they are feeling?
The resources below can be used to help open up conversations with your child/ren to share any worries they may have and give them the opportunity to explore and express themselves during lock down, which in turn will help children to cope/managed their feelings and thoughts.
When children are worried or anxious about things, this can impact on their behaviour and well-being. By having conversations, listening to how they are feeling, and exploring what their understanding of the situation is, it allows you to put their mind at ease and share what you are doing to ensure you, them and others are safe and well.
Even when we’re isolated, good relationships are just as important as ever, offering the love, care and connection we need for these difficult times. Try and keep contact with family and friends by calling or face timing - they are a great source of happiness, you could even discuss and make plans of what you will look forward to doing together once all this is over. Taking care of our well-being can help us maintain those relationships in many ways and help keep frustration and tension at bay. Along with this it is important we take care of our bodies and minds, eating well and take daily exercise is essential for physical and mental health and well-being. As the period of lock down extends further you may be looking for other ways to help support your well-being, please take a look at the link below for some idea's. There is also a link to the NHS website who are also offering some great tips!
Sadly, during these uncertain times we will have heard so much in the news, social media etc about people losing their battle with Covid 19. If you and your family have been effected personally by this resource could help support you and your family.