Headteacher: Andrew Drury
Wanborough Primary School, The Beanlands, Wanborough, Swindon, SN4 0EJ
Tel: 01793 790269 Email:admin@wanboroughprimary.org
Children's Mental Health Week 2021
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1st - 5th February

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This Children's Mental Health Week, we're shining a spotlight on the importance of children and young people's mental health and fundraising to help more children and young people get the emotional support they need.

As a school we celebrated this on Friday 5th February with an 'Express Yourself' day.

We also did some lesson work related to the special week.

We know that many children and young people's mental health has been affected over the past year. According to one survey, 83% of young people with mental health conditions found that these worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic - meaning Place2Be's work has never been more needed.

Let's come together and work towards a future where no child has to face mental health problems alone.

As part of the special week, we created a Just Giving Page in support of Place2Be

Place2Be Certificate

From Place2Be:

Firstly, I wanted to personally get in touch to say a huge thank you for taking part in this years’ Children’s Mental Health Week and for raising vital funds to support children’s mental health. It’s now been almost 2 months since the week and we’re thrilled to say we’ve raised over £80,000 in total – we can’t thank you enough for being a part of this.

Your incredible fundraising is helping to make a difference right now to the lives of children and young people that we support. From providing counselling and support to children when they need it most, to working with parents who may be struggling, to providing invaluable mental health training to teachers and school staff.

This is only possible because of amazing fundraisers like you!

As a small token of our appreciation, please see your thank you certificate attached. If there are any errors on the certificate, please do get in touch so that we can fix this up for you.

Once again, thank you so much for getting involved in this years’ Children’s Mental Health Week. We hope to see you again next year!

Thanks,

Alice


Daisy has been out for a walk in all weather this week as part of the mental health work, walking 16.28k Tues-Fri.

This picture is from her favourite 'secret' wood.

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8 Ways to Help Children Struggling in Lockdown: 1 to 4
8 Ways to Help Children Struggling in Lockdown: 5 to 8

Cardiaque Cohérence is a relaxation breathing technique that we have used in school, following the suggestion of our French partners at École du Lac. The video below explains in English.


Online Resources

A list of websites & apps that are helpful for managing mental health.

NHS Every Mind Matters

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

This website offers a range of mental health advice as well as an interactive quiz that's designed to help you feel more in control of your emotional/mental wellbeing.

Kooth

www.kooth.com

This site contains free mental health support with their online counsellors. It is a free sign up service that has resources such as discussion boards, helpful tips/articles written by young people and an option for them to write rnood journals & set positive goals.

Childline

www.childline.org.uk

A mental health charity for children & young people that has a wide variety of helpful videos, games and articles. They have a free telephone helpline (0800 1111) and message boards where young people are encouraged to share experiences and support each other in a positive way.

Papyrus

www.papyrus-uk.org

A mental health charity dedicated to preventing young

suicide by providing support and resources for young people and their families. They have their "Hopeline" (Call: 0800 068 4141 / Text: 078600 39967 / Email: pat@papyrus.uk.org) for children and young people who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or for anyone concerned for a young person that could be thinking about suicide.

Place2Be

www.place2be.org.uk

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools. Our tried and tested model is backed by research. We believe that children should not have to face mental health problems alone.

Stem4

www.stem4.org.uk

A charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers as well as encouraging them to build resilience and manage difficult emotions via online resources.

YoungMinds

www.youngminds.org.uk

A mental health charity that gives help and advice for young people, as well as encouraging them to get involved in fundraising/campaigning to raise awareness for children and young people's mental health.

Samaritans

www.samaritans.org

A charity that offers mental health support &

information online for everyone. Their helpline is free and

available to all ages. Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org 24/7.

Child Bereavement UK

www.childbereavementuk.org

A site which has resources for young people who are grieving, as well as providing information and advice to families/professionals on how to best support a young person who is bereaved. A helpline is also available on 0800 028840.

Apps

Calm Harm

An app to help teenagers manage/resist the urge to self harrn by providing a wide range of distraction techniques.

Combined Minds

This app contains psycho-education for parents, families friends with practical advice on how to provide mental health support to children & young people.

Cove

A relaxing musical app that helps people try to capture

their mood and express it by making music within the program and capturing it in a journal format. Note: you do not need to know how to play an instrument to use this app.

Clear Fear

An app to help children and teenagers manage anxiety through distraction and helpful activities.

Calm

A mindfulness app that includes various relaxing sounds to listen to as well as "sleep stories" and some guided meditations.

Headspace

A mindfulness app that has more of a "podcast feel" to it with various talks, guided meditations and helpful videos available.