Wellbeing Support for Families and Children
We understand that now is a challenging time for our children and families and that some of the children may be finding the changes that they are experiencing difficult to understand and process. They might be feeling a range of difficult emotions and we would always recommend that you talk about what is happening with your child and listen to any concerns that they might have. If you feel that you would like further help with how to support your family during this time, we have put together a list of websites and contacts for you that might be useful. You are -of course- always welcome to discuss any issues that you have with your child’s class teacher via Class Dojo or by raising them during your weekly phone call with your staff contact and they will do their best to assist you.
For further information please read our Pupil Mental Health and Well being Policy 2020-2021 https://www.thornburyprimary.com/download/pupil-mental-health-and-emotional-well-being-policy-2020-2021
Supporting your child during Coronavirus:
The Young Minds website. This website is a fabulous source of information relating to child mental health. They have set up some guidance specifically relating to the Coronavirus pandemic, with helpful tips about how to manage your family’s wellbeing and mental health during this time. https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/#supporting-your-family%E2%80%99s-wellbeing-during-isolation
10 handy tips from Young Minds on talking to your child about Coronavirus and how to help them: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families also have a lot of general information relating to children and young adult’s mental health and wellbeing. They have issued some guidance for children, young adults, their families and their teachers on how to support wellbeing and mental health during this time. https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/
Anna Freud have put together a comprehensive list of ideas, activities and recommendations for support for children, young adults and their families. https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/
The NSPCC website – helpful hints on how to talk with your child about talking to your children about Coronavirus, how to deal with tantrums and behaviour that might be out of the ordinary, staying safe online, tips on how to manage your day if you are working from home whilst caring for your children and what to do if you are worried about the safety of a child that you may know. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/
The Children’s Society have put together advice about managing particular mental health conditions during the outbreak and on how to focus on self-care and building resilience. https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/coronavirus-information-and-support
Mindfulness and relaxation activities for children
Mindfulness and relaxation activities can be really good for helping children to feel calmer, teaching them to relax and building resilience to deal with difficult emotions. Here are a list of videos relating to mindfulness and guided meditation that could be useful.
Square breathing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFdZXwE6fRE
Rainbow breaths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O29e4rRMrV4
Mindfulness Meditation for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk_qU7l-fcU
Guided Meditation Activity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf5K3pP2IUQ
Guided Mediation – Bring It Down – Flow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRkILioT_NA
Guided Meditation – On and Off – Flow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZP-TMr984s
Supporting your own wellbeing:
Whilst prioritising the wellbeing of their children, parents often forget to prioritise themselves. It is important that you make sure that you still look after your own physical and mental wellbeing at this time too, so we have also put together a few contacts that might be useful if you feel that you would like some further support with your mental health or wellbeing too.
Sharing Voices Bradford
Sharing Voices is a Bradford based charity who offer support with mental health. They can provide support in a range of languages, including English, Polish, Bengali, Gujerati and Urdu and are currently offering free counselling and one to one support on the phone.
Call them on 01274 947300
They are also running webinars via Zoom for young people aged 13-24 which may be useful for those of you who have older children.
Weekly Self-Care webinars take place on Fridays at 3pm.
Weekly Meditation and Relaxation webinars are on Mondays at 3pm.
If you’d like to register, contact Sarah Moghul on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07342804099
They are also running a men’s group and a women’s group via Zoom sessions too.
Mind are a leading mental health charity and they have bases in both Bradford and Leeds. They can offer you support with mental health:
Mind in Bradford:
28 Manor Row
Bradford, West Yorkshire , BD1 4QU
Phone: General enquiries 01274 730 815
Phone: Telephone helpline – 01274 594 594
Opening hours: Main Office Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Mind in Leeds:
11 Clarence Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire , LS18 4LB
Phone: 0113 305 5800
Opening hours: Office – Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm. Friday: 9am – 4.30pm.
Reporting Domestic Abuse
West Yorkshire Police have created a simple online form to enable people to report domestic abuse directly to them and as an alternative to speaking on the phone.
The information people provide on the form will be dealt with in the same way as any other report of domestic abuse.
Emotional Wellbeing Support App for Children (P) Created by Parent Zone, Ollee is a digital friend for children aged 8 to 11. The app has been funded by BBC Children in Need’s ‘A Million & Me’ initiative, which aims to make a difference to children’s emotional wellbeing. Ollee aims to help children reflect on how they feel and to process their experiences with the support and help of their parents and carers.
Advice given is presented in child-friendly bite-sized chunks that they can read then or save for later. Parents can also follow the same pathways to get advice on the subjects and emotions they think their child might be struggling with. This advice is presented in the same bite-sized format but is tailored to the parent audience. The app is available at https://app.ollee.org.uk/#/welcome