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Emotional and Mental well-being

If you are concerned about your child's health or emotional well-being please do contact your child's class teacher.

 

Please find some useful information below

SCHOOL SUPPORT

 

Please do speak to your child's class teacher or Mrs Bowley if you are concerned about your child. 

 

We have a wide range of resources and can offer interventions to support emotional well-being.

 

Mrs Joanne Newens is our trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and runs emotional literacy support interventions in school on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Please see the leaflet below to find out more about her role. 

We work with other schools in our local learning community (LC2). We can refer to the LC2 family and child support worker and/or counsellor. 

 

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We also work with the Bedfordshire CAMHS Mental Health Support Team who are offering further direct support to schools. 

 

Find out more via the leaflets below. 

We use the Early Help Assessment Process to help to support children and families who are in need of support. You can find out more here:

 

https://www.centralbedfordshirelscb.org.uk/lscb-website/professionals/early-help

 

Flopsy and Mopsy are our school rabbits. 

 

They teach the children about responsibility and care for pets and animals. They also support our pupil's emotional and mental wellbeing. The children take turns to look after them and to pet them. 

 

We have a duty of care to our rabbits, just as we do with our children. They are very happy and well looked after bunnies who have a healthy diet, lots of space to live and run around in and regular veterinary care. Their home is in a quiet area of our school garden.

 

 

 

ANXIETY

 

Anxiety Resources

‘Huge Bag of Worries’ by Virginia Ironside

‘Helping your child with Fears and Worries 2nd Edition: A self help guide for parents’ by Cathy Creswell and Lucy Willetts

‘Starving the Anxiety Gremlin’ by Kate Collins-Donnelly

‘What to do when you worry too much’ by Dawn Huebner

When my worries get too big - by Kari Dunn Buron

Don't worry be happy by Poppy O'Neill

 

 

Managing Stress - BBC - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnpQrMqDoqE

Fight, Flight Freeze Response - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEHwB1PG_-Q

CALM Technique by Jennifer Kolari - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q28IrZq14hk

Anxiety Canada - https://www.anxietycanada.com/

Therapist Aid - https://www.therapistaid.com/

Young Minds - https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/

Anna Freud Self Care Materials - https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

ANGER

 

‘Starving the Anger Gremlin’ by Kate Collins-Donnelly

Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions? - https://www.youtube.com/watchv=3bKuoH8CkFc&feature=youtu.be

‘The Incredible Years’ by Carolyn Webster-Stratton

Upside of Anger TED Talk with Dr Ryan Martin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfcQaXG_Qhs​​​​​​​

Private Therapists

If you have any recommendations from local private therapists please do let the school know so that we can add to this page. 

 

Tips on staying well

  • Preparing for winter: MIND has some useful tips on how to adapt your routine.
  • Connect with others: Stay connected via email, social media, video calling and telephone. If you haven’t got  anyone to talk to or you are struggling, you can call emotional support lines like the NHS volunteer service who provide a ‘check in and chat’ service call 0808 196 3646 or one of the helplines below.
  • Be active: Our physical health affects how we feel. Visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise for information and advice.
  • Take notice and focus on the present: Find out more about being mindful on the NHS website.
  • Stick to the facts and limit your news intake. Do not stay glued to the news. And when you do check, use trustworthy sources such as GOV.UK or NHS.
  • Have a routine. Wake up and go to bed at healthy times, get enough sleep. Include time to relax. For tips on sleep visit Every Mind Matters.
  • Do something you enjoy and keep your mind active. Find something of value in your day and do something for yourself (watch a favourite programme, do crosswords, art and crafts, cooking, gardening, reading a book)
  • Work and finance, You might be worried about money, have lost your job or are concerned you might become unemployed – these issues can have a big impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Visit the Every Mind Matters website for tips and advice on coping with money worries and job uncertainty during COVID-19.
  • Looking after a child or young person. The past few months have been hard on everyone, including our kids. Find tips on supporting children or young people at Every Mind Matters. 

If you need to speak to someone, you can text or call:

Accessing local support when you're struggling

 

Domestic abuse: if you’re feeling unsafe, support is available

Mrs Sarah Bowley is a trained Domestic Abuse responder. You can talk to her if you need to..

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic abuse, call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. You can also visit the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership website for more information about local and national support for all affected by domestic abuse, including men, children and young people, older people and people from the LGBT+ community. If you’re in immediate danger, always dial 999.