Pelham Primary School

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to our page for mental health and wellbeing, we hope you find this page a useful guide and tool to support both you and your child in maintaining your mental health and wellbeing. 

Details about how to find urgent mental health support during the holiday period may be found here

We all have mental health, which is about our feelings, our thinking, our emotions and our moods.  Emotional wellbeing is about our ability to understand, control and express our emotions in a healthy way.  

   

Looking after our mental health is important: the NHS states that evidence suggests there are five steps we can take to improve our mental health and wellbeing. 

1. Connect with other people: good relationships are important. Talk, listen, make the most of technology to stay in touch with family and friends, send someone a letter/email, eat a meal together, switch off your gadgets.

2. Be active: this is great for your mental health as well as your physical health and fitness.

3. Keep learning: research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental health and wellbeing. Try something new, work on a project or read a book. 

4. Give to others: thoughtful acts can help improve both yours and the recipient’s mental health and wellbeing. Say thank you, ask someone how they are, offer to help, pay someone a compliment, do something nice for someone, or simply smile.

5. Take notice: by paying attention to your feelings, noticing the world around you, stopping and listening, being mindful, you can improve your mental health and wellbeing.

 

Urgent Mental Health Support for children, young people and families - 24/7 crisis lines - may be found here.

 

  

 

Resources for parents

Tips for talking to children about Mental Health can be found here and here.

Place2B has launched a new site called Parenting Smart that offers practical tips to support children's wellbeing and manage behaviour

Heads Together, a mental health initiative               

NHS Every Mind Matters                                                               

Mental Health Foundation

With featured advice and resources from The Children's Society, an expert's guide for parents is available here to help children understand, cope and become strengthened by their experiences of anxiety at a young age. The aim of the information is to equip parents across the world with a significant bank of knowledge to ease panic and educate their children about the science of the mind.

Mental health and counselling support for young people - CAMHS will continue to offer a crises/duty line 0800 292 2505/0208 254 8061 from 9am-5pm which young people or families can contact for advice and support if they have concerns. In addition, they can contact the trust mental health support line out of hours on 0203 228 5980.

The Support Line, run by South West London St. George’s Mental Health Trust – you can call this local 24/7 Mental Health Support line on 0800 028 8000 which offers emotional support and advice to people who are affected by urgent mental health issues.  The line is open to all ages, adults and professionals.

The Department for Education has created a Mental Health hub with some useful links and sources of mental health support for children, students, parents, carers and staff which may be found here

Covid-19 specific resources 

Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak (a WHO publication).

Save the Children has lots of useful resources, in a variety of languages, about how to talk to children about the Coronavirus, which can be found here.

Tips published by the NHS on how to support your child’s mental wellbeing during uncertain times can be found here

Young Minds have produced a leaflet about supporting children during the coronavirus pandemic

BBC Bitesize has lots of resources, including support on how to cope in these different times

Links to picture books/booklets that explain Covid-19 

Coronavirus: A Book for Children, illustrated by Axel Scheffler 

Stay Home by Sally Nicholls 

Dave the Dog

What's Going On?

 Additional links


Children's Mental Health Week resources (2021) - Tips for Parents and Carers; WWF Growth Project; The Art Room at Home Calm Project; The Art Room at Home Colours

Mental Health Week resources (2021) - Nature Guide for Parents and Caregivers; Nature Guide for Pupils

NewsWise for families – activities, links, tips and advice to help families learn more about the news together

 Counselling Services

Off the Record for 11-25 year olds has both online and telephone counselling available, and self-help materials

Kooth online counselling available to young people over the age of 11 years. Click on this link to watch a short film that explains how the service can help. You can also find a guide on how to sign up to Kooth here.

 Wellbeing activities for adults and children

You can find lots of NHS recommended apps designed to support Mental Health by clicking on the image above.

Calm kit booklet

Wellbeing booklet 

NHS fitness studio exercise videos for adults 

Place2Be wellbeing activity ideas for families 

You can find workouts, yoga, pilates and many other activities on imoves

Nuffield Health has created a free wellbeing journal

Johanna Basford and superhero mindful colouring activities may be found here 

Relax like a cat booklet

Feelings activities

Resources for children and young people

                   

Bereavement & Loss         Mental Wellbeing           Changing Bodies          Basic First Aid

                  

   Healthy Lifestyle         Understanding Anxiety   Food Hygiene & Safety      Digital Resilience

 Anti-bullying links

As part of our on-going commitment to supporting children and parents who have experience of bullying of any type, the links below are useful sources of information. If you require any further advice or wish to discuss any issues further, please speak to your child's class teacher.

The Anti-Bullying Network provides free anti-bullying support to school communities. It has the following objectives:to support anti-bullying work in schools; to provide a free website; and to offer an anti-bullying service which will include the provision of training, publications and consultancy services.

 

 

Interactive anti-bullying information tool for parents and carers

 

 Advice on all aspects of family life that include all stages of  a child’s development, issues with schools and parenting/ relationship support. The site also provides support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, teenage risky behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children.

   Offers help with bullying

 Other helpful links

                              

   

       

                  

                             

                                             

                                  

 Child bereavement links

Child Bereavement Links

                

Here, you will find a list of books that can be used to help support children in their grief

 Self-harming links

Self-harming Links

        

Information about how to help a child who's self-harming may be found here