Social, emotional and mental health of children and adults
If you or your child is finding it difficult to manage remote education, in the first instance contact school, via their preferred method, and share your concerns. Your communication will be treated with discretion and sympathy – you will not be judged. This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone and your child’s school will help you in any way they can. This may include signposting to useful resources or a discussion with a member of staff.
There are several tried and trusted tools and strategies that help children manage with remote education:
The NHS have developed 5 steps to mental wellbeing as steps everyone can take to improve their mental health and wellbeing. They are:
- Connect with other people
- Be physically active
- Learn new skills
- Give to others
- Pay attention to the present moment
More details on all of these can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/
Mentally Healthy Schools is a free resource offered by Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and can be found at https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/about/ . They offer support for children’s mental health.
Another useful resource from Mentally Healthy Schools is separation anxiety: tips for parents Coronavirus : Mentally Healthy Schools
Hector’s House also provides a library of resources for parents including a parents guide to depression Hector’s House Resources – Hector’s House
The Solihull School Nursing has launched ‘Chat Health Parent Text Line’. This is a confidential text service across the Solihull Borough. Parents of children that attend Solihull schools can text for information, advice and support regarding their child’s physical and emotional health. Text 07480635496.
Guide for parents and carers educating children at home | www.pshe-association.org.uk (pshe-association.org.uk) – this guide will support you to contribute to your child’s PSHE education outside of school or through home learning. This guidance is relevant at any time, but particularly so given current school closures due to the coronavirus epidemic.
https://www.solgrid.org.uk/education/support-services/community-educational-psychology-service/coronavirus-support-for-families-and-schools/ – a link to the community educational psychology service web page and the support available to families.
New Park Primary school in Liverpool has collated a wealth of useful resources to support families with managing children’s wellbeing at home Tips & advice | New Park Primary School