Mental Health & Well-Being

 

At St Michael’s Primary School and Nursery we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, families and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  

 At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better                             
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and their best, unique self
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

 

If you feel your child needs extra well-being or mental health support, or would like advice please contact Mrs Howlett either through Class Dojo or email j.howlett@stmichaelsprimary.co.uk


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

Talking Mental Health 


There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy. Please watch the video below that explains how we all have mental health. 

https://youtu.be/DxIDKZHW3-E

 

'Top tips to support young people and children' 

Click on the link below.

https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/supporting-others/childrens-mental-health/  

 

Click on the link below to see the services available to support children in Essex, some services accept parent and self referrals whilst others require the school to make them. 

https://downloads.ctfassets.net/knkzaf64jx5x/1iR2o0Zi1aiMAYX0RR9fhz/afcaf4961619bf13ff2b7e3ea5de5933/Directory_of_children_and_family_services.pdf



Support during the Coronavirus pandemic

 

Free e-book to support parents and children about worries.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/bookshop/jon-burgerman-everybody-worries-free-ebook/


Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus.

https://nursedottybooks.com/dave-the-dog-is-worried-about-coronavirus-2/


Dr Ranj explains Coronavirus in child friendly terms.

Dr Ranj explains Coronavirus


Why we stay at home- Suzie learns about Coronavirus. 

Why we stay at home 


While we can’t Hug

While we can't hug animation



Adult support and information about Coronavirus

 

Latest advice and updates from Colchester Borough Council

 

Latest advice and information from Essex County Council

 

Adult Mental health and Living Well Essex



Mental Health Support for your children

 

Please find below a list of support services available to offer advice and resources for families.

 

MindEd for Families

 

Every Mind Matters

 

YoungMinds

 

Place2Be Youth Mental Health Support

 

NSPCC Mental Health Support

 

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing

 

Childline

 

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families



NHS Mental Health Support Apps

 

Below is a link to a huge range of apps that can support the health and well-being of the whole family. Once on the website you can filter them to suit your needs and download them on to a phone or tablet. 

 

NHS Health and Well-being apps



Top tips for parents and carers

 

Supporting somebody with anxiety

 

Healthy Sleep Tips

 

Supporting somebody with depression

 

Supporting children through divorce

 

Getting support for domestic violence

 

Bereavement support



Breathe and relax….

 

Breathing activities can help us to find peace and calm, you can do these activities as a family or alone. 

 

Be the pond

 

Rainbow breathing

 

Belly breathing

 

Bubble breathing

 

Mindfulness Music to help you relax

 

Mindfulness activities for children

 

Emotional literacy support

 

Brain Break Video