Mental Health

 

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Resources to help with mental health during lockdown

It isn’t mental health week for children this week as we had that earlier in the year, but it is mental health week for everyone else. This year’s theme is kindness. Below are a couple of nice resources for the children to help us all think about kindness.

Mental Health Resources

Please see the following link to a lovely book for dealing with worries and anxieties during this time. Probably aimed more at KS1 but useful for anyone.

https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx&fbclid=IwAR3LpbrRv7-rfxGpEWrr18Ah_-HzjSBxZtA1Aseg3f4-HmegrHn3jP15ev8

Self Care Grid

Mental Health Websites and Links

Rainbow Room

We would like to introduce you to our ‘Rainbow Room’ at St Peter’s. The Rainbow Room is a special place where a child, who needs some time to be calm and relaxed, can visit and gather their thoughts. The addition of our ‘Rainbow Room’ is to support the mental health and wellbeing of our children at St Peter’s and to provide a safe space for children to be who they are. We thank all our families for their support in helping us to fundraise for this special space. 😊

Growing Together

The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is Growing Together.

Growing Together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’.

As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Check out some free resources for families by clicking on the link below.

Parents and Carers – Children’s Mental Health Week (childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk)

Dress to Express

To celebrate the start of Children’s Mental Health Week we took part in Dress to Express. We all came into school in clothes that make us feel happy and comfortable. We are all different and unique. We are all special! We share our similarities and celebrate our differences. Thank you to everyone who supported us with this wonderful day!

Be Brave

This week in school we have been taking part in the Children’s Mental Health week. This year’s theme is ‘Be Brave’. Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery could be about sharing worries and asking for help when you need it, trying something new or making the right choices. The children have been discussing this in assembly and class. We’ve attached the parent information page if you would like to discuss this further with your child and help them to ‘Find Their Brave’.

Top Tips for Parents 2020

Mindfulness Drop-in

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We have a mindfulness drop-in on a Tuesday lunchtime in Year 2’s classroom with Mrs Russell and Year 5’s classroom with Mr Gould. All children are welcome.

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Our Nursery children take part in weekly yoga sessions with Mrs Warran. This is really popular with the children and they always seem to have lots of fun.

We also have a yoga afterschool club on Wednesdays with Mrs Chadwick in autumn through to summer. Keep an eye on the timetable for which year group it is for.

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In February, as part of Children’s Mental Health Week, we looked at well-being (how we can make ourselves happy and relax our minds) with the children. We also started using some mindfulness techniques with the children after lunch to create a calmer atmosphere in class before we start our busy afternoons. Mrs Russell also started a lunch time drop-in on a Tuesday where all children are invited to relax in a quiet environment with calming music and colouring. This has proved to be very popular with the children.

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In November, we all thought about how we can respect each other as part of anti-bullying week. This is embedded in our school ethos and mission statement, so it is familiar to the children. Mrs Summersgill also spoke to the children in assembly about cyber-bullying and the ‘Stop, Speak, Support’ campaign.

Please click on the following link to find out about intervention sessions that can be offered by school to your child: Interventions for Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing

Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you feel your child would benefit from any of the above interventions.