At Portway Infant School, it is our vision that all children are entitled to develop to their fullest potential academically, socially, emotionally and into healthy well beings. We believe this will enable each child to grow in confidence and be able to fully participate in everything that goes on in the wider community. It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood. The department for Education recognises that, in order to help their pupils succeed: schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy.
“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (World Health Organization 2014)
Some mindful and relaxation exercises to help manage anxiety in children:
Source: NW SEND Regional Network
Young Minds has a parent helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult that is worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person.
0808 802 5544
Mind – Information line offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help.
0300 123 3393, text number: 86463
Kooth is a free online Mental Health and Wellbeing resource for children and young people in Derby and Derbyshire that requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website. Available 365 days of the year via mobile, tablet and desktop devices from 12 noon to 10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm at weekends, the service provides access to accredited counselling support, peer support via online forums and relevant articles detailing a variety of topics.
To sign up, please visit www.kooth.com/
Qwell is a free online Mental Health and Wellbeing resource for parents and carers of young people under the age of 18 that requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website. Available 365 days of the year via mobile, tablet and desktop devices from 12 noon to 10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm at weekends, the service provides access to accredited counselling support, peer support via online forums and relevant articles detailing a variety of topics.
To sign up, please visit www.qwell.io/
For some useful guidance on maintaining aspects of your mental health at this very challenging time of unknowns and social restrictions please visit https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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