Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a sudden and significant impact on our lives, creating huge change and adding stress and uncertainty in much of what we do and how we live.

It is understandable that we as adults, and our children, will feel anger, fear, frustration and sadness both at the situation we are in and the impact on us individually and as a society.

These feelings are okay.

The aim cannot be to ignore, eliminate or avoid such feelings, but rather to identify them, to acknowledge and accept them, and to manage them as best we are able.

Emotion Coaching can be a useful tool in helping children to identify and manage their feelings, and is widely used within our school. Please see the attached file for further information on this approach. 

Children's Mental Health Week

As part of Children's Mental Health Week, from 1-7 February 2021, Visyon have produced this video about ways to wellbeing and the support they offer. They are also offering a range of weekly wellbeing activities throughout lockdown, details of which are available in the attached file below. Find out more about Children's Mental Health Week here.

Further resources

Government information on supporting children and young people's health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

NSPCC advice and support for children, parents and families around coping with Coronavirus.

Mind advice for children and young people on coping with lockdown living. 

Young Minds advice on supporting children during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Childline has a web page for older children to read through themselves with advice and support about Coronavirus. 

The NHS Every Mind Matters site has information about how you can support your own mental health and wellbeing. We are all much better-equipped to look after others (including our children!) when we are looking after ourselves too. 

Attached files

A practical resource booklet focusing on children's wellbeing from MIND.

Advice from Mentally Healthy Schools on dealing with the effects of lockdown - contains links to a wide range of further resources and support. 

Details of Visyon's Spring Wellbeing activities. 

A self-care kit devised by Sheffield NHS, containing a variety of activities and ideas for wellbeing.