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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 is nature. Nature is a powerful tool for promoting and supporting mental health. Please take a moment to watch this short video clip and explore the different ways nature can support your own mental health.

Top Tips for Connecting with Nature for Positive Mental Health

Meaningful May 2021

With mental health so high on the agenda as a result of COVID-19, this is a list of organisations to help teachers support their students, their colleagues and themselves with mental health challenges. The list includes links to organisations for individuals and to those with resources for schools. A useful reference for anyone working with children and young people.

Welcome to your Wellbeing Boost this term, which is about exercising and taking care of your body. You are probably well aware that there are connections between the mind and the body. Exercise releases dopamine and endorphins which can lift us out of low mood and depression.

If you are currently ‘stuck at home’, spending hours on the computer, teaching and communicating online, or you have youngsters at home learning online, we can feel really frustrated, exhausted and maybe quite low.

 

Here are some simple ideas to consider, some of which you are possibly well aware of:

 

  • Unplug technology and get some fresh air, even for 5 minute mini-breaks.
  • Drink more water.
  • Eat some more nutritious food.
  • Create a circuit of 100 movements with your children, or just for you to do; 25 star jumps, run on the spot for 25 steps, 25 hops on one leg, finally reach down and touch your toes 25 times. Ask the children to invent a circuit for their class, whether they are at home or at school. To benefit from the endorphin release the adults need to join them too!
  • Throw a ball against a wall or in the air and catch it x times – what might your record be?
  • Dance to music for 5 minutes every hour – great for children to do to relieve stress – ask them to provide the music.
  • Create a good bedtime/sleep routine.
  • If someone in your school has done Relax Kids training, there are lots of movement exercises to do with children – such as rotating knees, hips, arms and shoulders, swinging arms, opening and closing fingers, shaking your own hands etc Visit www.relaxkids.com  or see exercises from Place2Be – links at the end of this document.
  • If you would like to ‘get fit’ and raise money (GIVING) try https://charliewaller.org/events/fit-4-feb and see what else they have on their website regarding mental health.

 

Ask the children these questions, talk with them and use their suggestions

 

  1. What can we do to keep healthy? – walk, move round the house, sleep etc
  2. What can we eat to keep healthy? Fruit, veg, eat a little slower, drink water regularly etc
  3. What can we remember to do to keep healthy? – wash hands, brush teeth, have a bath/shower etc

 

 

FINALLY

 

Place2Be have their Mental Health Week resources availalbe on their website. https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/   Free ideas and resources for schools and parents, including ideas for movement with children. If you haven’t heard of them visit their website for general information https://www.place2be.org.uk/   They also have resources and ideas specifically around Coronavirus. https://www.place2be.org.uk/media/qgje55xe/healthy-inside-and-out-activities-for-schools.pdf

 

 

 

Take care of your mind and body!

 

 

Great Dream

When Emotions Explode - A poster to support parents when your child has angry feelings or outbursts.

Talking Mental Health

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond.

Children's Mental Health Week 2021 Activity Grid

Friendly February 2021

Writing down your feelings is a great way to help you feel better...

10 Keys to Happier Living

Take a look at this poster to find out ways in which you can support your child's mental health

54321 Slow Down Calm Down!

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