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What Is Mental Health?
Being healthy means that our body and our mind are in good condition and that we feel well. It is important that we help children to make healthy choices so that their bodies work as well as possible. Doing all we can to help keep children’s bodies healthy can help them to feel happy too. Mental health is all about how we are feeling and the thoughts we are having. It can affect how we behave and the choices we make. Just like with their bodies, it is important that we do things to help children’s minds to be healthy, stay in good condition and feel well. Having a healthy mind can help children feel good on the inside and can help them to do well in lots of different situations. Sometimes, just like our body, our mind doesn’t feel well. We might feel worried, frightened or sad. Positive mental health is not about being happy all of the time. It is about feeling well, being able to enjoy life and knowing what to do if we have troubling thoughts and feelings.
In this section I have attached some useful websites that might be able to offer you some support. If you require any further information some of the websites offer support services you can contact or you could contact your child's class teacher through Class Dojo.
Twinkl has some great resources. Here are some to get you started.
Recovery College - “This course has been written for children who like you may be finding this time worrying and hard to understand.” https://lms.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/course/view.php?id=375
Healios ThinkNinja -app Empowering children and young people to build resilience, manage their emotional health and to fulfil their potential.
PHE COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Young Minds Leading mental health charity, YoungMinds, has issued advice to young people and parents on how to look after their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic
Anna Freud Supporting Young People's Mental Health During Periods of Disruption
National Autistic Society guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff:
Place2Be Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing
Covibook an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under. https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
Kooth Online counselling, blogs and information to support MH
Hope Again "Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone...’’
MIND Relaxation techniques
MIND This information covers:
Practical advice for staying at home
Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing
Support for work, benefits and housing
Checklist for staying at home
NSPCC The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control.