Mental Health can effect a child at anytime. Mental health awareness is a key priority for schools and making sure we support our children at the times they need it.
As a parent, we find we all have different ways of coping with things - work, health, children, caring, school, finances, The pressures of modern day life can become a bit overwhelming and we all need a helping hand sometimes.
Children are exactly the same and we need to have the right support at the right time to ensure we are able to talk to the right people and helping them cope with mental health issues.
Children can become anxious about school, friendships, grief, loss, health, body image, home life and so much more.
Parents need support and guidance and sometimes we struggle to find the right people to talk to.
Schools all have a duty of care to support you and your child if you think you need help and assistance.
Just talking to someone to get there opinion or advice or just someone who will listen helps.
What symptoms do I need to be aware of or look out for?
What help can I get my child?
What help can I get for myself?
Barnados helps support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing. They run a range of services from one-to-one to group work to school based programmes.
XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults.
Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
CBeebies has devised some great techniques to help your child relax, when they are feeling anxious or stressed. Simple techniques like laughing out loud, watching the clouds, breathing exercises and stretching exercises. Click here to read.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Derby and the south of Derbyshire offers a specialist service that assesses and treats children and young people if they are experiencing emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. Find out how to access the services and get a referral.
Qwell is a lifeline for many adults in need of mental health support.
The picture is complicated: people may be struggling with social determinants such as smoking, bad housing or unemployment which may be playing a major role in their wellbeing. Some are carers and some are living with entrenched problems or long-term conditions. Others are coping with anxiety or depression.
Qwell is an easily accessed prevention and treatment service.
Free to use, it represents an extension to traditional IAPT support, with a strong focus on recovery and prevention and offering pre-assessment care.
Bridge the Gap is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the mental health of children, parents and teachers in Derby City and beyond. Find out about free drop in sessions if you have concerns regarding your childs behaviour, sleep, emotional development, well-being or mental health.
Your child might want to talk to someone Childline provides that online or phone support for anyone under the age of 19. Find support if you are feeling lonely, anxious, worried, get the support and advice you need.
Place2Be - has a range of free resources to help support your child and give you some helpful hints and tips to 'find your brave'.
The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free.
There are currently five Reading Well booklists for adults, young people and children.
If you're experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.
At Time to Change they have collated a list of organisation that you can go to for support.
Family Full House Bingo Challenge KS1
Connect Keep Learning Take Notice Be Active Give
Read a Book
Take turns storytelling.
Kung Fu Panda Punctuation
Learn punctuation in a fun way.
Paint/ draw a picture of your family and/ or friends.
Tidy your room.
Make up a handshake with 5 different actions.
Build a Tower
Can you build a really tall towerusing different objects?
Hands and Feet
Draw around someone’s hands or feet.
Can you turn them into an animal or a character?
Build a den inside or outside.
Take an empty egg box and collect special things from outside.
Who would you like to give it to and why?
Blindfold each other and see if you can guess what the different foods are without looking?
Grass Cutting with Supervision
Cut the grass with scissors.
Make grass soup!
Look up at the night sky.
What can you see?
Complete 50 star jumps.
Record or write a message for someone you love.
How long can you stare at each other without smiling?
Sweep Up Challenge
Can you learn how to
Look up at the sky. What shapes do the clouds look like? Where would you like to travel to on the cloud?
Can you share 5 different moves?
Put on a show.
Make someone laugh.
Show an adult how to play a game you enjoy.
Use pans and kitchen equipment to make different sounds.
Collect lots of natural objects, leaves, stones, flowers to make a picture.
Paint paths, fences, stones with water. How quickly does it dry?
Have a lovely bath or shower. Give your body a good spring clean.
Family Full House Bingo Challenge KS2
Connect Keep Learning Take Notice Be Active Give
Take 10 pictures of things that make you happy.
Share and compare.
Train your Brain
How many flags can you name?
Practice Ways to Feel Calm
Make a card/ draw a picture or send a message to someone you care about.
Try Not to Blink Challenge
How long can you stare at each other without blinking?
Learn 5 New Facts
Learn 5 new facts about an octopus.
Draw a Picture
Hot and Cold
Ask a family member to hide 5 things and you have to find them.
Give yourself time to relax and do the things you enjoy.
Play hangman. Who is the winner?
Make Me Laugh
Learn 5 new jokes.
Share them with your family.
Can you practice at night before you go to sleep?
60 Second Physical
Give Your Time
Help a family member with housework or a task.
Together can you think of an emotion for each letter of the alphabet?
Deadly 60 Quiz
Listen to Music.
Reflect: How does that music make you feel?
Can you put your arms out to the side and keep doing small circles until a song ends?
Keep in touch with a friend. Look after each other. Stay connected.
My 5 Ways to Wellbeing Weekly Diary
Simply write or draw the activity you have completed on each day and draw an emoji that reflects how it made you feel.
Overall how did you feel today 0-5?
5 = Feeling really good
Emotional health and mental wellbeing affect all aspects of our lives and health choices. Mental wellbeing is about feeling good and functioning well, as individuals and as communities. It is also about our ability to cope with life’s challenges and making the most of life’s opportunities.
The website has a toolkit that has been designed collaboratively by professionals who work across Derby & Derbyshire to help plan and deliver care & support for people who are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, or just want to feel happier.
The toolkit is aimed at professionals, members of the public, children and young people who wish to access local services or just require further information on the services that are available to them.