At Gainsborough Primary & Nursery School we aim to promote positive mental health for all our pupils. We pursue this aim using whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils.
School staff spend a vast amount of time with the children and get to know them well, so can, at times, play a vital role in supporting parents and signposting on to the relevant professionals in order for children to receive the support they need.
If you have any concerns regarding your child/ren's mental health, please find below some useful contact details and websites where you can seek further advice and support.
Live Well: useful information and advice on a range of subjects, and an easy to use directory of services in Cheshire East
For further advice and support about talking to children and young people about mental health and well being visit the Anna Freud website
NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover
My Mind: NHS website run by CWP CAMHS. This site has been developed for everyone interested in the mental health and well being of young people
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust: a good source of information around anxiety and depression
Mind (for better mental health)
Childline has some brilliant relaxing games and mindfulness activities for children.
CORONAVIRUS - HOW TO KEEP MENTALLY HEALTHY IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES
Connect with people....
- Keep in touch digitally.
- Make plans to video chat with people or groups you would normally see in person.
- If you are worried that you might run out of topics to talk about, make a plan with someone to watch a show or read a book separately so you can discuss it when you contact each other.
- Think of other ways to keep in contact with people while a face to face meeting is not possible. For example you could check your phone numbers are up to date or that you have current contact details for friends you have not seen for a while.
- Connect with others in similar situations.
- Speak with someone you trust. If you are feeling anxious about coronavirus or staying at home more than usual, you may find it helpful to talk about these worries with someone you trust, especially if they are in a similar situation.
- You could join a peer support community. 'Mind' runs an online peer support community called Elefriends, where you can share your experiences and hear from others.
- If you're going online more than usual or seeking peer support on the internet, it's important to look after your online wellbeing. See our pages about online mental health for more information.
If you're worried about loneliness:
- Think about things you can do to connect with people. For example, putting extra pictures up of the people you care about might be a nice reminder of the people in your life.
- Listen to a chatty radio station or podcast if your home feels too quiet.
Having a structure...
- Decide on a routine.
- Plan how you will spend your time. It might help to write it down on paper and put it on the wall or fridge.
- Try to follow your ordinary routine as much as possible. Get up at the same time as normal, follow your usual morning routines and go to bed at your usual time. Set alarms to remind you of your new schedule if that helps.
- If you are not happy with your usual routine, this might be the chance to do things differently. For example, you could go to bed earlier, spend more time cooking or do other things you don't usually have time for.
- Think about how you will spend time at home. For example, plan activities to do on different days or habits you want to start & keep up.