Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being during Lockdown’

Below you will find some resources, activities and signposts on how to support your child’s well-being while school is closed to the majority of children. We hope you find them useful. Further resources and links to support children’s social, emotional and mental health needs  can be found under For Parents/Special Educational Needs & Disability / Equality .  The government's latest guidance for children's mental health can be found here. Resources to support the mental health of ourselves can be found here.  If you come across any further useful resources or web links, please contact Miss Chubb.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s mental health or your own at this challenging time please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Shilton head@suttonbonington.notts.sch.uk or myself via classr@suttonbonington.notts.sch.uk

Best Wishes, Miss Chubb

For All Children:

Child-friendly stories about Coronavirus (all downloadable)

Dave the Dog and Dotty the Owl

Lucy’s Lockdown

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus with suggestions for activities to complete at home-PDF

Coronavirus - a book for children - Alex Schleffler (illustrator of Julia Donaldson's books)

Further social stories on Coronavirus for younger children and children with Special Educational Needs can be found on the school website

For Older Children:

If you want to learn more and keep up to date with news about the coronavirus:  CBBC Newsround  https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

Newsround-How to cope during self-isolation Newsround, provided by the BBC, is a child-friendly look at the latest news. It provides factual information about coronavirus, washing your hands, self-isolation and quarantine, and coping strategies. The link for this is below https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51656718

If you feel worried or anxious, here are some links to places that can help: 

Childline:  A free helpline that you can call any time to talk about any worries you might have.  Telephone: 0800 1111 

They also have more advice here: 

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worriesabout-the-world/coronavirus

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

An online game for you to play to write down your worries and watch them float away:

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/balloon/

Healthy Mind activity booklet with activities for children to complete e.g. worry tree and relaxation exercises.

https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/grownups/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/04/Health-for-Kids_-Looking-after-yourself-kit-min.pdf

Calming exercises

 For Parents: 

Nottinghamshire Local Offer: Coronavirus Resources for Children/Young People/Parents/Carers

https://www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk/kb5/nottinghamshire/directory/site.page?id=XbK_7x2-_pc

British Psychology Service - Talking to children about Coronavirus

Tips for Parents/Carers about talking to your child about mental health

The Samaritans. Free 24-hour support helpline  Telephone: 116 123  https://www.samaritans.org/

Unicef What you need to know about the virus to protect you and your family https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covid-19

Support for Parent and Carers This video provides guidance to parents and carers about how they can help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by the Coronavirus. The link for this is below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnANLAcpRZ4&feature=youtu.be

 World Health Organisation advice:

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/earlswood/UploadedDocument/288d6143af624cf69caf42553e11d2b6/world-health-organisation-helping-children-cope-with-stress-during-the-covid-outbreak.pdf

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