Mental Health and Wellbeing
During these unusual times looking after our mental health and well being is more important than ever. The effects of Covid-19 and lockdown on the mental health and wellbeing of our children may still yet to be seen. We have created this page to provide your children with the tools for self care that they may need upon return to school. You will also find support here for looking after you own mental health and wellbeing.
It has been proven that exercise is important for maintaining positive health and wellbeing. Why not have a go at different PE activities as a family and lift your mood and keep active.
We love using GoNoodle at school, you could access this at home too! Getting outside and making the most of the sunshine, exploring and going on walks, is also good for wellbeing.
As we return to school and are still in the midst of the Coranvirus pandemic, it is a good opportunity to consider how your child is feeling and how we can prepare them emotionally and psychologically for the ever changing situation. We have been through unusual and unsettling times. This booklet anticipates some of the difficulties and anxieties that our children may be feeling. Advice for successful transitions reminds us to focus on relationships as well as recognising the growth, development and learning that has occurred while our children have not been in the school over recent months. We should also remember that transition is not just an experience for the individual child but for everyone around the child.
Child Friendly Information
Here is a child friendly book:
These additional social stories may useful in light of potential school opening for some children & to prepare children for the changes they may see around them - such as, getting a haircut / going to the doctors/ greeting people / visiting shops and families.
Wellbeing ideas and activities
Take a look at the range of resources below that you can use with your child to support positive mental health and wellbeing.
Practising these skills of mindfulness and focusing can be hugely beneficial to children in several ways:
At this time, there may be an increased use of screens and the internet and Online Safety is therefore more important than ever. If you click on our Online Safety page on the website, https://www.britanniaprimary.co.uk/page/online-safety/53953, there are lots of useful guides and tips on there also. The Online Safety page can be found under the purple ‘Parents’ tab on the homepage of our school website. There are a wealth of websites, guides etc on here which are useful to support your child with keeping themselves safe online, not just during this time, but always when they are using the internet.
Positive mental health and wellbeing for all the family
If you or someone you know needs support with mental health please speak to us at school and we will do all we can to help. Alternatively, you can also find support through websites below;
For support on specific mental health needs:
Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk
OCD UK www.ocduk.org
Depression Alliance www.depressoinalliance.org
Suicidal thoughts Prevention of young suicide UK – PAPYRUS: www.papyrus-uk.org
For general information and support:
www.youngminds.org.uk champions young people’s mental health and wellbeing
www.mind.org.uk advice and support on mental health problems
www.time-to-change.org.uk tackles the stigma of mental health
www.rethink.org challenges attitudes towards mental health
Bridgeway project at St Lukes
Offers one to one support for young people aged between 14-22 years around mental and emotional wellbeing.
St Luke's Church
Drop in usually available. During covid telephone support available on 07879035472, Reverend Bryan Stephenson.
Children and Adolescent mental health team. Provide therapeutic intervention for any young person who are experiencing poor mental health.
Referral through school GP or social care.
Counselling service available to all young people who have experienced sexual abuse or exploitation. Play therapist available for younger children.
PARCS (sit within Edge of Care service).
Referrals available through;
Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday) in Portsmouth with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors.
Outreach service to support young people identifying signs of abuse and breaking cycles of abuse.
Southern Domestic Abuse Service- community development officer.
PARCS prevention service
Offer children and young people support with sexual abuse & exploitation issues, including raising awareness and reducing the incidence/impact.
Online, referral, phone, etc.
Specialist support to asylum seekers, including mental health support.