Children's Mental Health & Wellbeing
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
With disruption in everyone’s lives due to coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important that we all pay attention to our mental health and wellbeing and the mental health of children. Children may be feel worried or anxious about different things. Beyond the virus itself there is the interruption of the normal school routine, suddenly spending most of their time indoors and no longer regularly seeing family and friends.
This page is designed to provide ideas and suggestions to help. It will also include links to helpful websites and other supporting agencies.
Tips to help your child during lockdown
- Keep talking to people: keep in touch with friends online and talk to people at home.
- Make a routine: try and go to bed when you normally would, set an alarm for the morning, plan activities for the day.
- Keep busy: keep on top of schoolwork and your hobbies.
- Stay healthy: eat healthily and exercise when possible.
- Tell someone if you need support: try to talk to an adult you trust like your parents or carers if things are getting hard. Remember, you can always get support from other agencies e.g. Childline.
- Try new things: learn a new skill. Perhaps you could try juggling, drawing, origami, baking. The possibilities are endless.
- Let your feelings out: whatever you’re feeling its better out than in! If you don’t want to talk about it keep a diary or draw a picture.
- Ask questions about what’s happening: ask an adult you trust.
If your child is feeling anxious
It’s natural for children to be worried about what’s happening in the world. Everyone is different and will react in different ways. If the coronavirus or feeling worried about what’s happening is making it hard for your child to cope then there are things you can do to help.
- Give them practical strategies:
Experts all over the world are working on ways to stop the spread of coronavirus. But there are things we can all do to help:
- wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands as soon as you can afterwards
- avoid hugging or touching other people
- try to stay at least 2 metres away from people you see outside or in public places
- talk to an adult you trust if you have questions.
- Use the Childline Calm Zone to find games and activities that help them relax:
- Take a break from watching the news and do something they enjoy.
- Use calming techniques: when your child is worrying or feeling anxious try and help them focus on things around them.
Ask them to try and name:
5 things they can see
4 things they can touch or feel
3 things they can hear
2 things they can smell
1 thing they can taste.
Keeping Busy (Activity ideas)
Try out some new recipes!
- Change 4 Life has loads of fun ideas to help kids stay healthy.
- BBC Good Food has 67 easy, child – friendly cooking projects to get stuck into
- Cookalong with the Food Fact for Life team
Learn a new language!
- Rosetta Stone has loads of free resources to learn a new language
- Learn French, Spanish, Chinese on the BBC
- Learn how to sign language using a fun online course and resources
Be active from the comfort of your own home!
- Sports England has loads of tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home.
- Change 4 Life 10 minute shake ups are great way for the whole family to get active!
- Jo Wicks The Body Coach is hosting a free PE lesson to wake us up each morning!
Childline are available online or on the phone for support:
Compass Mental Health Support Team (MHST) works with children, young people, families, schools and colleges in North East Lincolnshire. They provide support for issues related to mental health and wellbeing. Follow the link to their page supporting parents/carers:
Coronavirus- a book for children:
Books for children who are worried or anxious:
William Barcroft Junior School
North East Lincolnshire,
Tel: 01472 501777
Fax: 01472 501774