Well-Being

Well - being is the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. There are lots of ways we can help ourselves to feel better about ourselves. 

How can mindfulness support children and young people?

Mindfulness can help children to achieve their potential and to flourish. Mindfulness practice can anchor children and help them feel grounded, safe and free to choose how they respond to a situation.  

  • Well-being and mental health - as well as helping them to recognise worry, manage difficulties and cope with exams, developing a more mindful awareness also helps children and young people to appreciate what is going well and to flourish.
  • Concentration and cognition - mindfulness trains us to understand and direct our attention with greater awareness and skill. This may improve the capacity of children to concentrate and be less distracted, as well as their working memory and ability to plan.
  • Social and emotional learning - mindfulness is often taught in the context of PSHE. It helps to develop a greater awareness of relationships and how to manage them (including difficult ones at home), as well as offering a richer understanding of things like self-esteem and optimism.
  • Behaviour - mindfulness may help the young to self-regulate more effectively, manage impulsivity and reduce conflict and oppositional behaviour. It should not, however, be used as a disciplinary tool

This link takes you to a range of resources which are available for free during this time for adults. 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/wellbeing

This link takes you to one minute mindfulness activities: https://psychcentral.com/blog/1-minute-mindfulness-exercises/ 

This link takes you to Together Liverpool's homepage which contains resources to support people through difficult circumstances, from Children's Society, LCVS, Domestic Abuse Service, Church Army and Just Finance Foundation it contains a wealth of support that makes a bigger difference: https://togetherliverpool.org.uk/whats-new/resources-to-support-people-through-difficult-circumstances?mc_cid=9248f4a47f&mc_eid=dc1d06a0bc

Activities for everyone

Kindness with Zumos – Part of our 70 Day Wellbeing Programme. Today we focus of Kindness.

The Mental Health Foundation - A selection of Mental Health Foundation materials, including some great social media graphics to raise awareness and show support online.

Random Acts of Kindness - A fun site focussing on positive action and experience. All sorts here from virtual tours of the world’s greatest museums, to energetic challenges focussing on this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week topic - Kindness.

Positive Psychology - A whole host of activities for all ages, some fun games and conversation starters all centred around being kind.

Take Action Get Active - Part of the MHF challenge to get active this May. Focussed on the links between physical activity and mental wellbeing. Would make a great virtual challenge or video project.

Time to Change - Some great games, posters and graphics to print and play.

Random Acts of Kindness Lesson Plans - Worth having a look as we are all educators in our home schools, some nice lesson plans and extra ideas to do at home.

Do Good From Home - Some great inspiration on here, lots of great ideas of activities you can do at home as a family to show some kindness to others in the times of pandemic.


For Staff and Parents

Mental health and wellbeing

Nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges will understand that some children and young people may be experiencing feelings such as anxiety, stress or low mood as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

There are online resources available to help you and your child with mental health, including:

  • MindEd, a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health
  • Rise Above, which aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16
  • Every Mind Matters, which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing
  • Bereavement UK and the Childhood Bereavement Network, provide information and resources to support bereaved pupils, schools and staff

Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond service, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.

It is also vital to report any safeguarding concerns you have about any child. Contact the NSPCC helpline.

The Human Givens Institute - Some more resources from Human Givens including webinars, online courses and hard copy materials such as posters.

The Human Givens Podcast - One for Parents and Staff. A really interesting podcast series from Human Givens, it discusses many varying issues covered by experts in the field.

7 Tips To Help Children Practice Mindfulness Successfully

Please see the attached activities below. Remember to take lots of pictures and tag our school on Twitter @stoswaldscep so we can see what you have been up to. 

Keeping safe: 

We  want you to feel safe and happy during this time when you are away from school.  If you feel worried or need to speak to someone here is the Childline number:

SPEAKING TO CHILDLINE

When you call us on 0800 1111 you’ll get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about.

Reporting to CEOP

If you are worried about the way someone has been communicating with you online click the link below to report this. Remember to speak to a trusted adult or if you are uncomfortable with this phone Childline for support. You don't need to worry or suffer in silence. 

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Government Publication and Advice

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing

https://e-bug.eu/ - Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home

Surviving Family life under Lockdown

https://parentinfo.org/article/surviving-family-life-under-lockdown?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=f4fd0dd4ee-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_05_05_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-f4fd0dd4ee-55228929

Advice on Mental Health for Children

https://parentinfo.org/article/where-can-your-child-get-mental-health-support-online-during-lockdown?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=f4fd0dd4ee-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_05_05_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-f4fd0dd4ee-55228929

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