Mental Wellbeing Team, QEST & Educational Psychology Service Collaboration
Kindness & Gratitude
This week is Mental Health Awareness week hosted by The Mental Health Foundation: the theme is Kindness.
As we are entering the eighth week since lockdown began, it’s a good time to reflect and think about all the kindness and gratitude we have witnessed so far.
We have seen first-hand our everyday heroes in the shape of key workers, and the country uniting to thank them for their continuous hard work. We have seen children putting rainbows in their window, demonstrating solidarity. We have seen people offering support to those who can’t leave the house to get their essentials and purely selfless acts from the likes of Captain Tom raising money for the NHS. Whilst we can’t, and won’t forget the sadness which Covid-19 has brought to many of our lives, we hope that when we look back at the unprecedented time we found ourselves in, we will remember the kindness that shone through and feel that sense of gratitude.
Wellbeing support and resources during school closure
If you’re worried about the impact of coronavirus on your mental health, or the mental health of a child or young person in your life, you are not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic is a new and uncertain time for all of us and will affect our mental health in different ways. While most of the attention has understandably been on physical health, it is more important than ever that we make sure to look after our mental health and the mental health of our loved ones. Below I have included plenty of resources that hopefully will be helpful for those children still in schools, as well as to equip parents and carers with children at home
Mentally Healthy Schools
Mentally Healthy Schools have produced a brilliant toolkit which has gathered some a lot of helpful guidance and resources for both children, staff, parents and carers.
30 Day Wellbeing Challenge
If you are looking for ways to encourage children to keep looking after their wellbeing, I have created this 30 Day Wellbeing Challenge and example. Children can use the blank template to keep a track of all the activities they do each day for positive wellbeing, based on the 5 ways to wellbeing (plus being creative).
This guide from the Children's Commissioner aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.
Helpful questions produced by YoungMinds to start the conversation with children during this period of isolation.
Health Mind Platter
This Healthy Mind Platter from Dr Dan Siegel is a great way to structure daily routines and make time for activities to boost wellbeing.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families – includes advice for young people feeling anxious; for parents to offer reassurance and families working together; guidance for professionals supporting young people.
Pooky Knightsmith’s short video - 5 Top Tips for Staying Mentally Well is useful guidance for children/young people, parents and professionals.
ELSA website has some great resources for assisting children with their wellbeing at home.
Supporting Wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreaks
We don't know exactly how the coronavirus situation will affect children and young people's mental health but it’s likely to have an impact.
We want to do all we can to prevent this from happening, or to minimise it. That's why we are giving this clear, simple advice to all those who are supporting children and young people - including to young people themselves.
There is much that each one of us can do to support the wellbeing of those in our lives, including children and young people who may already be vulnerable or suffering from mental health difficulties.
Download pdfs of the advice for young people, parents and carers, families and for professionals working with children and young people.
You can also access our self-care resource and Urgent Help pages through On My Mind.
The British Psychological Society
Advice on talking to children about illness
Coronavirus: a book for children
Tips for teens on self-isolating