Mental Health and Pupil Self-care
As the Coronavirus situation develops and there are increased periods of time spent indoors, mental health may become more of a concern. Of course many children have ready access to their friends virtually and need no encouragement to use this! However, your child may find they have questions about the situation, and they may feel anxious. There are a wide range of support sites and networks that can provide support for all of our families. Please see the list at the end of this page for further information. We will endeavour to support you to make your children’s educational experience as easy as possible. Don't forget; we are all in new territory and the landscape is constantly changing.
Primary pupils may be anxious about Coronavirus (COVID-19) but not understand what is happening. They may have lots of worries or questions you can answer in a reassuring way. They may also be comforted and distracted by other activities. Below are a range of resources that are designed to help your primary age child manage.
Unicef Australia have a list of answers to the most common fears children have about the Coronavirus https://www.unicef.org.au/blog/news-and-insights/march-2020/how-to-talk-to-your-childrenabout-coronavirus while BBC Newsround has a short film explaining the virus https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51887051
Alice N’diaye has created a list of books, songs and other online materials to help primary pupils with social and emotional issues. Free to download via this link: https://theteacherist.com/2020/03/17/resource-pupil-wellbeing
Young Minds have a series of worksheets, videos and other activities on a number of mental health topics which you can pick from their menu https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/school-resources
Twinkl have lots of mindfulness colouring sheets available for download https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-c-1551-mindfulness-colouring-sheets-bumper-pack
'Comforting Anxious Children' has suggestions for calming mind, body and spirit https://www.comfortinganxiouschildren.com/best-products-anxious-kids
Mighty Moe is a free workbook for anxious children (check first that this is suitable for your child) http://www.cw.bc.ca/library/pdf/pamphlets/Mighty%20Moe1.pdf
Sesame Street has a toolkit of resources for younger children https://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits. Or try Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood for gentle ideas for positive behaviour https://pbskids.org/daniel
If night times are a problem, this blog has ideas on how to make it calmer https://copingskillsforkids.com/blog/12-kid-friendly-strategies-to-calm-anxiety-at-night-from-achild-therapist 
Currently we’re living in a difficult and stressful period. You will have been given information on how to support your child’s learning, and resources for their mental wellbeing. However, your mental health is equally important so the following organisations are here to help your wellbeing.
The Blurt Foundation will email you regular updates to boost your mood https://www.blurtitout.org
'Action for Happiness' encourage you to find ways to stay positive and resilient https://www.actionforhappiness.org
'Mind' provides information on mental distress plus ideas for self care https://www.mind.org.uk
Samaritans are there to listen if you are feeling overwhelmed https://www.samaritans.org
CAMHS Sussex has advice on mental wellbeing for children and parents https://sussexcamhs.nhs.uk/help-support
Citizens Advice offers practical information about all aspects of your life https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk
The NHS have a range of apps you can use to promote your own wellbeing https://www.nhs.uk/appslibrary
NHS information on Coronavirus https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
A guide from Harvard University on managing fears about the Coronavirus https://www.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/content/coronavirus_HUHS_managing_fears_A2%5B5 %5D.pdf
This advice from the Mental Health Foundation give advice on protecting your mental health https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-duringcoronavirus-outbreak
The British Army hosts a free 8-week online course in Mindfulness https://www.army.mod.uk/people/join-well/managing-stress/mindfulness-course
Family Lives have fact sheets and a helpline to assist with all areas of parenting https://www.familylives.org.uk
Home Start provide parenting tips and mentoring https://www.home-start.org.uk
CBeebies Grownups has lots of practical advice https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups
The NSPCC has tips on child safety and wellbeing plus ideas on how to communicate with your child https://www.nspcc.org.uk
Pooky Knightsmith is a therapist who offers mental wellbeing tips for all the family https://www.pookyknightsmith.com