Mental Health & Wellbeing

Supporting Children and Parent’s Wellbeing

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.

Children need support when it comes to good wellbeing, the same as adults. At St Bede’s mental health and wellbeing is woven into our PHSE planning across the year. we also have regular circle time sessions and it is present in our worship time. In addition to this children have had an assembly once a month on the topic of mental health and wellbeing. We also have two Mental Health First Aid Champions in school who are able to support children individually or in small groups when needed.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/N2BMSkLAqgM

There are things you can easily do at home to support a healthy wellbeing:

  1. In school we talk to children and adults about the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ these are 5 easy steps you can take as a family to encourage a healthy wellbeing and good mental health.
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2. You could make a list of things you are good at and what people value in you. keep it in a safe place and look at it when things feel tricky.

3. Practice simple meditation exercises. Find somewhere quiet and take 5 deep breaths. Notice what is around you, the sights, sounds and smells. Try to clear your mind and think about nothing. Focus on your breathing and relax your body. Try this for 5 minutes.

4. Write down what causes you stress. Think of having a cup which gets filled with events and stress which can sometimes overflow. Imagine a tap at the bottom which with good coping strategies can help empty the cup of stress. Write down some coping strategies which you and your child can use when your cup is full.

Sometimes, as a parent you may want to find extra support outside of school. Below are some websites which offer resources and advice.

https://stmichaelsfellowship.org.uk/

Their work helps mums and dads to be the best possible parent.  It means that children have the best chance in life. The chance for a better childhood than their parents had.

Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager?

Visit the website: www.minded.org.uk/