Mental Health & Wellbeing for
Parent(s)/Carer(s) and Children
Here are some useful web links which can be used to support you.
Please remember, that if you are feeling worried or concerned, you can email us and we will do our very best to help you too. We are always here for you.
I hope this information is useful.
Should you have any other suggestions, then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Take care. Look after yourself. Be kind.
Helpful resources for young people who may require some support
Self-care and support for young people
Some coping strategies for children and young people dealing with stress.
National Trust – 50 things to do before you’re 11
Just for fun! How many can you tick off your list already from Covid, and which will be next on your agenda?
Click for the Website: https://bit.ly/2UPDywN
Beating the Virus - illustrated by Lucy Bergonzi
A short wordless story, that will help people to understand what to do if you have Coronavirus and how to keep yourself and those who you care about safe. The story also shows how to safely help others who may be self-isolating.
Supplementary text at the end of the story gives information on where people can seek help if they are unwell and signposts to other useful resources.
Access the website - https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/coping-with-coronavirus
Access the booklet - https://bit.ly/30FdTuB
Mental Health Foundation Leaflet – Information for parents. Make it Count – Mental health is not Extracurricular.
Click to access - https://bit.ly/2MJJ6Vm
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing is an evidenced-based model that highlights key aspects in shaping our wellbeing. They can be summarised as connect, take notice, give kindness, keep learning and be active.
Click here to download the 5 Ways poster.
Anna Freud Parent Leaflet
To accompany the video below. Tips for talking for parents and carers. You're never too young to talk mental health.
Click to access - https://bit.ly/2MEt1Aa
The Talking Mental Health animation aims to give children: An understanding of what mental health is and the difference between every day small feelings and a big feeling; Consistent and accessible language to talk about mental health; An understanding of how to be a good listener
Access the video - https://youtu.be/nCrjevx3-Js
Young Minds - Supporting pupils and parents when schools reopen
Parents support pages and blogs are now available for any concerns with regards returning back to school.
Access the website here - https://youngminds.org.uk/
Zumos Course – Managing Anxiety available to Primary (and Secondary) children.
Anxiety is a big subject, with a lot of factors involved. This Zumos 28-day programme will enable you to:
· Learn about how anxiety is a normal emotion, with several different types;
· Appreciate how anxiety often has a positive purpose;
· Recognise the symptoms of your own particular experience of anxiety;
· Explore a wide range of practical ways of working with your own anxiety so you can find what suits you best;
· Gain more understanding of what's going on and what you can do about it, so you feel more in control;
· Learn how to improve your own wellbeing so you can be calmer and happier.
Each day’s message takes around three minutes to listen to. It will give you ideas to think about and practical things to do, so you can experiment to find what works best for you. At the end of each week there's a recap so you can celebrate your progress, and at the end of the four weeks you'll be able to see how far you've come – and also see how you can continue your progress into the future.
There has never been a more appropriate time to have a national Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May 2020).
The extraordinary period in which we find ourselves has challenged even the most resilient people. Yet we have also seen glimpses of humanity at its best.
This year, the theme for the week is kindness.
The Mental Health Foundation is hosting the week and their website is full of useful resources, top tips, help and support.
Access the website - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
CBeebies releases new mindfulness app experience voiced by Stephen Fry.
Developed with a mindfulness consultant, and available now for free in the CBeebies Go Explore app, it lets little ones discover three fun activities each day that introduce focus, creativity and calm. Your Mindful Garden teaches valuable techniques to help children de-stress and unwind - useful skills both in these tough times and for later in life.
Access the website - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/cbeebies-go-explore-app
Winston’s Wish – Bereavement support during coronavirus - offers advice and guidance including topics such as explaining to a child that someone is seriously ill or has died from coronavirus.
Access the website - https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/
School Nursing Support are continuing to offer Health and Wellbeing support to the children and young people in Walsall. Please find attached the ChatHealth and Healthforkids/Teens website details to parents/ young people to offer support. There is an attached information sheet for this purpose with the full details on for parents and children/young people. This will also include a link to the Help I’m Hairy material, which has been made available for parents to access (FREE).
Should you require any specific support from the School Nursing Service during this difficult time please contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team at school or School Nursing Support:
Specialist School Nurse Practitioner
School Nursing Service
Healthy Child Programme 5-19
Harden Health Centre,
Tel: 01922 423349
This website will allow you to access information including being able to text a school nurse.
This week, the Government have noticed a significant drop in numbers of people not seeking medical advice due to the Covid-19 outbreak. However, they advise this can be done safely should you or your child require assistance.
Access the website - https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/walsall/school-nurses/
Meditation for Schools - To make it easier for you to access the meditation stories for schools, access the playlist on YouTube that contains all of the stories from Monday 20th April.
All new stories will be uploaded every day to this playlist and will be available from 1pm.
The playlist link is https://bit.ly/Meditation4Schools
Childline – Excellent online support, together with practical tips of how to get through those days when you are feeling not quite right.
Access the website - https://www.childline.org.uk/
Action for Children - Protect and support children and young people, provide practical and emotional care and support.
Access the website - https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/
On My Mind - Aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.
Access the website - https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/
Access the website here -
NHS website - Useful for parents/carers.
Access the website here - https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Our named school nurse is Ashley Westwood.
Harden Health Centre, Harden Road, Walsall, WS3 1ET Tel: 01922 423349
Access the website here - https://www.walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/school-nursing/
BBC Teach website - The Growth Mindset and Wellbeing Lesson – Live. Can you take half an hour out of the school day for your pupils' wellbeing?
Access the website here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/growth-mindset-and-wellbeing-lesson/z4g4382
Elsa - Is a great resource website with lots for social and emotional learning activities. This link has free resources. On here is a PowerPoint - Corona story to explain what it is. Also there is a 14 day home challenge - just click the blue link to take you to the resource.
Access the website here - https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/
Twinkl – This online resource bank is great for all curriculum requirements but also has a dedicated mindfulness section: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents/wellbeing-parents/parents-wellbeing-mental-health-and-wellbeing
Sign up using an email address and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS. This code will allow parents one month free 'ultimate' subscription (initially).
Access the website here -