Forestdale Primary School

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Looking after a child or young person's mental health

There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.

Some children and young people have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled – with the coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends. Others may be coming to terms with family problems, loss or changes to their living situation.

With nationwide and local restrictions being regularly reviewed, they may also have to deal with self-isolating because of an outbreak in school or another period of school closure, or have worries about getting or passing on the virus. It's still uncertain what further changes we all may face.

Feelings like these will gradually ease for most, but there are always steps you can take to support them emotionally and help them cope with problems they face.

There's support available if you feel you or they need it. 

Top tips to support children and young people

Coronavirus and going back to school

Signs that something is wrong

Looking after your own mental health 

Get support 

Talking mental health 

This video, Talking Mental Health, is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health.

 

 

Supporting our parents and carers 

The mental health of parents and carers is just as important as that of their child or children. Please click here to find support on a range of aspects from finance, food, employment, staying safe at home, mental and physical health. 

COVID 19 Support 

Bereavement 

For any families suffering bereavement Child Bereavement Uk offer resources and support to families and children.  Their animated short film, The Invisible Suitcase, (below) is designed to help bereaved children and families to understand their grief and how to manage it. 

Mindfulness Music 

 

 

Activities

 Please see the activities below or click on our weekly Outdoor Learning Activities to help maintain or improve mental health and wellbeing. 

 

 

Support

 

Partnership for Children has useful resources to boost children's well being at this time. Available to download are FREE COVID-19 children's wellbeing activity packs for both Teaching Staff and families; each pack has up to 5 different activities.

 

Young Minds as a lot of useful info for parents and great tips and advice for parents in where they can get extra support for their child/children's mental health during COVID.

 

 

 

A counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the UK provided by the NSPCC

 

Help & support for people affected by mental illness

 

Providing information & support To families when a child is bereaved.

 

 

A registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or struggling to cope

A non-profit organisation supporting parents and schools develop practical strategies to support children's emotional development, well-being and mental health.

 

Family Lives offer parenting and family support. 

 

 

 

 

Offers confidential emotional telephone support in the UK for men, women, children and young adults

Click here for further support agencies 

 

Please see our Wellbeing page for further support and information about children's health.