Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
As a school we are following the NHS 5 ways to wellbeing. We teach the children about how to look after their own wellbeing and support those around them. We think a lot about our mental health and well-being and how we can keep our mind happy and healthy through the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.
Has your child ‘Noticed’ something recently? Have they been ‘Active’ after school? Have they been ‘Learning’? Have they shown an ‘Act of Kindness’ or ‘Connected’ with people around them? If so, they’ve been helping to keep their mind healthy and happy!
Mrs Richardson is contactable via email during the school day and may be able to offer support for families who need advice:
Hints and Tips
- Stress and anxiety are normal responses to unpredictable situations. Young people may show an increase in stress without being able to say why.
- A consistent routine/predictable plan helps young people to feel secure about the plans for the day. It is often useful to involve children in creating this routine, so that they feel part of the plan, rather than having a plan imposed on them. You could display a routine using a timeline, or maybe pictures and visuals. It is important to encourage children to develop independence by referring to their own routine/plan.
- Life skills are an important part of a child’s development, the following is a list of suggestions; it is useful to note that almost any activity that you engage in with your children can incorporate life skills work.
Lots of conversations
Reminding them to take turns
Reminding them to listen to other people’s contribution and responding directly about that
Create their own visual timetable that includes all of the essential elements of the day
Story Telling, Art and Crafts, Summarising, Compare and contrast conversations, Maths word problems
Can be done at any time when there is a task or chore that needs to be thought through. Simply talking through the process of defining a problem, analysing the cause and evaluating the solution will give the young person a system or process that they know they are able to use.
Coping with Stress
Relaxation techniques, exercise,
Supporting parents to prepare meals
understanding what makes a healthy menu
Creating meals from basic store cupboard ingredients
Writing shopping lists, online shopping, costing, budgeting
Use of calendar/schedule
Planning menu for the week
Cleaning rota, helping with laundry