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Top Tips for how you can support your child's mental health

Day to day

Our everyday habits are important to our mental health, just as they are to our physical health. Here are a few suggestions to help your child develop good habits.

Think about the five ways to wellbeing

Are there things you can encourage them to do, or do together, each day? Please see here for more information about the five ways to wellbeing.

Talk openly about mental health

Just as you might encourage them to eat fruit and veg to keep their bodies healthy (and model this behaviour yourself), talk openly about, for example, staying connected with others or being physically active in order to take care of our minds.

Model good habits 

Children often learn from copying what they see around them. If you are taking care of your own mental health, it’s easier for them to see what good habits look like.

Think about phone usage – both theirs and yours

We don’t fully understand the impact of social media on our mental health but using phones and laptops can impact on our sleep, which is important to our mental health.

We’re also more likely to listen to one another if we’re not distracted by technology.

Notice any changes in your child’s behaviour 

Young people tell us how they’re feeling in many ways, not always verbally.

Learning what is normal for your child makes it easier to notice when things change, and if this might be a sign that they’re struggling.

When times get tough

Sometimes you might worry about your child’s mental health. While you might need to speak to a member of the Inclusion Team or your GP for advice, here are a few things you can do if you’re worried.

Let your child know that you’re concerned

Explain why you feel that way, for example if you’ve noticed they haven’t been interested in activities they usually enjoy.

Use activities that you do together to have conversations about how they are doing

Talking whilst doing something together, side-by-side, such as cooking, can help them share their feelings more easily than a face-to-face conversation.

Let them know that struggling sometimes is normal and nothing to be ashamed of

Tell them about the mental health spectrum and that we all, including you, go up and down the scale throughout our lives. Reassure them that talking about difficult feelings with the people we trust is a brave thing to do.

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Good Mental Health

It is important that everyone looks after their mental health and well-being. There are many things you can do every day to improve and maintain your mental health.

Every day we try to eat healthily, take exercise and brush our teeth, all to keep ourselves physically healthy. Well, doing something every day to keep your mind healthy is just as important.

Watch the video to find out what good and poor mental health is and what you can do about it.

Click on the links below for good mental health activities:

WELLBEING ZONE

Grounding and Calming Techniques: View Here
Using Play to Support Children: View Here
Wellbeing Support Stoicism: View Here
Tip 1 Understanding Worry: View Here
Tip 2 Helping An Anxious Child: View Here
Tip 3 Surviving School Shutdown: View Here
Tip 4 Coping Through Unsettling Times: View Here
Tip 5 How To Be Okay When Schools Are Closed: View Here
Tip 6 Leaving School Without Exams: View Here
Tip 7 Talking To Children About Coronavirus: View Here
Tip 8 Wellbeing-Coping With Anxiety: View Here

Breath and Body: listen Here

supporting Families with Mental Health and Wellbeing

Urgent Mental Health Support: View Here

Healthy Lunchboxes Workshop: View Here

Portion Sizes Workshop: View Here

‘Together Again’ Calendar: View Here

Young Carers Newsletter : View Here

Parents only link : View Here

Health and Wellbeing Information Sheet: View Here

Coronavirus: Advice and information for Parents/carers: View Here

Activity Programmes: View Here

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families: View Here

Mind up Website: View Here

Education Support Website: View Here

This Won’t Be Forever Poster: View Here

Suggestions To Keep Busy : View Here

Mental Health Apps : View Here

Physical Wellbeing : View Here

Mental Health Helplines : View Here

Support for Families self-Isolating: View Here

‘Big Ask’ Parent Survey: View Here

Family Learning Courses: View Here

Family Yoga and SATs Preparation: View Here

Physical Activity At Home

School’s Out Get Active : View Here

Video games that keep your child active : View Here

Lean Beans Healthy Lifestyle : View Here

MS Teams Login Process : View Here

Physical Activities : View Here

Activity Programmes: View Here

Change for Life : View Here

Premier Education : View Here

BBC Get Inspired : View Here

Zumba Kids Dance : View Here

Lean Beans Virtual Programme

Lean Beans Virtual Programme: View Here

Lean Living : View Here

Eat Healthier: View Here

Wellbeing Advice

One of the most common effects of staring at back-lit screen for long periods of time is eye strain. Symptoms of eye strain include:
Dry eyes
Headaches
Fatigue
Blurred vision
This happens for two reasons. The first is that when we look at a screen, our blink rate drops by about 50%. Blinking is what keeps our eyes hydrated, and not doing so can result in a dry, gritty feeling. the second is muscle fatigue. If focus is maintained for long periods, the muscles controlling the lens can become overworked and tired.
Please download our poster, designed to help you and your children take better care of their eyes and bodies. View Here