Emotional Health and Wellbeing
We know and understand that under the uncertain times of the COVID-19 outbreak, tensions and anxieties will be running high. Below are a list of different websites that have information about the virus and how to talk about it with children. We hope it helps.
Mrs Hutchinson is our Emotional Health and Wellbeing Lead. Mrs Perrin is our Pastoral Lead and KS2 Learning Mentor. Mrs Blair is the KS1 Learning Mentor.
All staff have a responsibility for mental health and can be approached by anyone to support their children.
http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk This website provides advice, information, support and signposting on local and national emotional health and wellbeing services that help children, young people and families who are going through a difficult time.
Round-up of all the resources available on how to talk to children about COVID-19:
Helpful article about how children might exhibit their anxiety symptoms, and what to do about it:
https://mummymatters.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Corona-Anxiety-Download.pdf. → It is geared towards Mums/parents, but there are bits you can take for non-parents. It includes advice around information management, communication, isolation, relationships and happy kids.
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/ → Geared towards young people and managing worries around COVID – it has helplines also.
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/ → For parents talking to their children about COVID and ten top tips of how to do this
There is a clear link with being more active, taking regular exercise. having a better diet and improving mental health. Active Health Calderdale has lots of ideas for you to try: https://active.calderdale.gov.uk
If anyone is worrying about exam pressures, Open Minds can help - http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/exam-help-calderdale/
If you are worried about moving between primary school and secondary school, Open Minds can help - http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/school-transition-support/