This page contains useful documents and resources for schools, wellbeing professionals, parents and young people that have been produced by the Mental Wellbeing Team.
In April and May 2020, we ran themed weeks focusing on priority areas which schools highlighted as part of their response to Covid-19, but also for promoting positive emotional health and mental wellbeing more generally:
Week one – healthy lifestyles.
We’ve put together guidance on key areas to help develop a healthy lifestyle to promote positive physical and emotional health. These are: physical activity, sleep, nutrition and developing a routine which works for you. We’ve included a planner which may be useful for teenagers and adults as an additional resource.
Week two – thinking about challenging behaviour.
Unlike lots of adults, children and young people don’t have the life experience and words, so what we get is ‘show not tell’, of their emotions and behaviours. We’ve developed guidance to help parents and school staff to explore what children may be communicating through their behaviour. Included is a useful framework for exploring and reflecting on challenging situations.
Week three – maintaining positive relationships and building connections during COVID-19.
For children and adults alike, having good relationships is key for our happiness and wellbeing. They allow us to feel protected and connected to those around us. This document aims to provide you with some ideas about how to do this when we are physically separated or during times where we’re having to work differently. We have sought to include a range of ideas, including those that don’t require large amounts of technology as we appreciate that not all households will have access to multiple devices and large amounts of data.
Week four – emotional wellbeing.
This week we developed resources to help staff (and other adults) to support their emotional wellbeing, alongside guidance for parents who are supporting children and young people with theirs. It includes useful resources and models to think about our worries as well as a useful framework for challenging negative thoughts; this can be used by staff, parents and children.
Week five – kindness and gratitude.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, we produced resources to help us think about kindness and gratitude and the important role they play in our overall wellbeing. We think about random acts of kindness and the impact these small gestures can have, as well as considering how we can practice gratitude in our daily lives: at home, in school and as individuals.