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Children's Mental Health Week 2021

We hope that over the course of the week you have found the information and activities useful and of benefit to yourselves and your children. If you need any further information, support or advice on children’s mental health then please don’t hesitate to speak to Leigh-Anne or Lauren.  Alternatively we can put you in contact with Jackie our Safeguarding Pastoral Lead.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to each and every one of you for your kind donations during Children's Mental Health awareness week, we have raised £140.20.


All money raised will now be donated to Place2Be, which will allow them to continue supporting children’s mental health at a time when it is needed the most.


Below are some examples of the dedicated services they provide to both children and their families as well as schools to be able to best support their pupils.

"Place2Be offers a menu of different services to meet schools’ needs.  The services we offer include advice and support for families and consultations and training for school staff. This builds resilience and raises awareness of the importance of good mental health across the whole school community."

The services we offer include:

  • One-to-one counselling for pupils who are struggling
  • Short appointments to talk about worries, booked by pupils
  • Group work about friendship, self-esteem and other issues
  • Training for school leaders and staff to make schools more mentally healthy
  • Consultations for school staff about behaviour and wellbeing
  • Advice and support for parents to help them look after their child

Group programme using art and discussion to build pupils’ self-esteem

 

For more information on the services Place2be offers you can use the link below https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/our-work/ 

 

Children's Mental Heath Week 1-7th February 2021

 

This year we have decided to take part in 'Children's Mental Health Week' between 1st-7th February 2021. This event is organised by Place2Be. Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.

We realise the last year has been incredibly difficult and challenging for many families due to the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19. This has had a massive impact on both adult's and children's mental health. Whether this be because of the anxiety of normal life becoming different, the loss of a loved one, being unable to see family and friends, constant changes in routine, home schooling and adapting to a lifestyle using more technology like FaceTime and Zoom.

During the week, we will be raising the profile of positive mental health through a variety of activities and information uploaded onto Tapestry and carried out during sessions and group times.

On Wednesday 3rd February 2021 we would like to invite all staff and children to wear bright coloured clothing or alternatively a favourite outfit to celebrate and promote Children's Mental Health Week. We will be collecting £1 donations on the day, which can be handed to your keyworker in an envelope or deposited into our collection buckets. We ask that all donations are in by Friday 5th February so that we are able to keep the money in quarantine and then send it to the Place2Be charity.

We really hope that you will support this event and look forward to seeing your children in their brightly coloured clothes.

If you would like to know more about Children's Mental Health Week, please follow the link: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/parents-and-carers/ 

To mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week, The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Place2Be, has sent a message of support encouraging children and parents to find ways to share their thoughts and feelings, particularly during such a challenging time.

 

The link will take you to this message: https://youtu.be/PEBURwEL9HM 

Children's Mental Health Week - Yoga with Lauren

Yoga is a great physical activity which helps to align the body and mind, meaning it can be a great introduction to mindfulness. By using the whole body and thinking about our breath in each pose, children finish yoga feeling aligned, calm and happy, leading to positive wellbeing.

Lift Breath Breathing Technique

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"When we are stressed or upset nature's fight or flight response takes over, increasing our heart rate, making our breathing fast and shallow, and sending blood from our brain out to our limbs ready to escape or challenge the perceived threat or danger. While stress hormones are flooding our bodies and we are gripped by this programmed response it is very hard to slow down, become calm, express our feelings or think rationally about what is happening. Our thought processes and self-control are actually hindered by our biological stress response."

The Lift Breath breathing technique..

If practised regularly this can reduce both adults and children's anxiety and stress levels.

Take 5 Breathing Technique

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"When we are stressed or upset nature's fight or flight response takes over, increasing our heart rate, making our breathing fast and shallow, and sending blood from our brain out to our limbs ready to escape or challenge the perceived threat or danger. While stress hormones are flooding our bodies and we are gripped by this programmed response it is very hard to slow down, become calm, express our feelings or think rationally about what is happening. Our thought processes and self-control are actually hindered by our biological stress response."

Take 5 breathing is a wonderful way to switch off the stress response. It brings the body back into balance, slowing and deepening the breath and slowing down the heart rate, while harnessing the need to move with an action that requires focus and provides sensory feedback to our brains.

Both adults and children can use this breathing technique for emotional refuelling.

While We Can't Hug

We wanted to share a beautiful story for our children and families.
We know these are strange times and we look forward to when we can all be back together safely.

Lauren reading 'Riva's Roar'

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Leigh-Anne reading 'The problem with problems'

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Mental Heath First Aid

 

We are pleased to announce that Lauren and Alison have both completed a Mental Heath England First Aid training course.

 

Lauren and Alison are now fully qualified and are our school Mental Health at Work First Aiders.

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