Astwood Bank Primary School

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MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

WELL-BEING

The modern world is such a complicated place for our children (and us!) at the best of times but at the moment we have even more challenges.  Even the children that are usually resilient and confident may be having a hard time dealing with the huge changes happening all around them.  We know that the sheer number of resources and information available online can be overwhelming.  So we’ve hand picked some resources for you to use with your children. Hopefully this will help you find the best way to talk about what is happening, find positive things to do to deal with any challenges you may be facing and most of all remind you we are in this together.

USEFUL LINKS & WEBSITES

  1.  Young minds are our chosen charity for this year and has a range of resources available for all elements of mental health and well being but also specifically related to covid-19 https://youngminds.org.uk/
  2.    www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors  
  3.    www.sesamestreet.org/caring  – Ideas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh and play together (looks lovely actually!)
  4.    www.safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk/covid-anxiety-stress-resources-links/  – free videos by Dr Karen Treisman to support relaxation and emotional regulation.
  5.    www.actionforhappiness.org/news/how-to-keep-mentally-healthy-during-uncertain-times   – positive things families can do to stay as physically and mentally healthy as possible.
  6. imoves has released some new resources for specific age groups of children. These resources have been created to help children physically, and also to build a positive mindset which is vital at this stage in their development.

https://email.evoluted.net/t/r-l-jknyujy-oziddjklt-t/  suitable for 5-7 year olds

https://email.evoluted.net/t/r-l-jknyujy-oziddjklt-i/ suitable for 7-9 year olds

https://email.evoluted.net/t/r-l-jknyujy-oziddjklt-d/ suitable for 9-11year olds

MINDFULNESS

This is something we use a lot in school from Reception up; it is a very simple way of being able to carry a safe space around with you. Any time anxieties, negative emotions or situations become too much, the safe space where no worries can follow is right there with you and can be found by simply closing your eyes. It is created in their imagination and is unique and special to each child. Many have already designed and use their safe space. It can be a tree house, a magical island with unicorns and crystals or simply their bedroom. Children have talked about a range of different situations where they use this skill to calm themselves when they have a nasty fall; helping them to fall asleep and controlling anger towards a sibling (this gets described a lot!)

To help your child develop their mindfulness skills and create their safe space, New Horizon have a huge range of tools available on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjW-3doUmNsyY5aLQHLiNXg

https://www.facebook.com/groups/797681167305671/ 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/797681167305671/

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