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Covid-19 Mental Health Resources

Rackham Family Playlist. 

 

All staff were given the opportunity to share some music tracks which help them to feel more positive about life, when things are feeling tough. The playlist is very eclectic, but we hope it will help our community feel more connected. Music is a very powerful tool and sometime it is easily forgotten about due to the hectic nature of our lifestyles. If you are able to play a track from the playlist in the morning to inject some positivity into the day, that would be fantastic. Some of the tracks are more suited to younger age groups and some older. You know your children best and will know which tracks they will enjoy. Some adults might also enjoy the positive vibes too, it is great music for car journeys.

You can access this playlist by clicking on the image below. 

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing at Rackham

At Rackham Primary School, we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. A person's mental health and wellbeing is the foundation for every area of life and, that is why, it is our priority at Rackham to make sure all pupils and staff have the support they need to be the best they can be.

 

At Rackham we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feeling
  • help children to understand that no feelings are ever wrong
  • help children to learn how to respond to their emotions appropriately
  • help children to feel comfortable sharing their concerns and worries
  • help children to form and maintain friendships
  • promote good self-esteem and ensure children know how important they are
  • encourage children to be confident
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
  • offer ideas and strategies to help people develop positive mental health and wellbeing

 

The support we offer:

 

Universal

To meet the needs of all our pupils, we have a carefully developed PSHE curriculum which covers all objectives from the statutory Relationships and Health curriculums. This area of the curriculum is led by Mrs. Hailstone, who is also our school's Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion.

 

Additional Support

There may be a short term need for a child, where a life event means they need additional emotional support. Mrs. Pooley is ELSA trained and able to offer Emotional Literacy Support sessions for children.

 

Targeted support

Some children may need more ongoing support for issues affecting their mental health and wellbeing. Ms. L Smith is our Family Liaison Officer, who is able to offer further targeted support and also support families to access wider resources. 

 

Family Support:

 

NHS Every Mind Matters: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Anna Freud (National Centre for Children and Families), supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/ This is an excellent website for supporting all areas of mental health and wellbeing. 

Suggested self help app list:

http://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/apps-delivering-self-help-strategies/

NSPCC: Pages devoted to supporting children and young people during Lockdown as well as tips and advice on working from home.

Young Minds: Supporting Parents Helpfinder': https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents-helpfinder/

 

Resources targeted at younger children (KS1):

 

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables - A free book to download to help explain to younger children the situation we are in. This could open up some useful discussions with your child around their feelings. It is available in a number of different languages.

Nurse Dotty book: https://nursedottybooks.com/dave-the-dog-is-worried-about-coronavirus-2/ Written by a nurse to help parents talk to younger children about the impact of Coronavirus.

Cosmic Kids Yoga for Mindfulness: https://www.cosmickids.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnnFrPaRgY&feature=youtu.be This is a short video clip from the creators of The Hug by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar

 

Resources targeted at older children (KS2):

 

Managing Social Media:

http://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/managing-social-media/ An excellent online booklet.

Free downloadable book:

https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/   I would suggest it may be more appropriate for older children. There is a lot of information and the book covers many aspects including what a virus is, why life has had to change, feelings we may experience and also the reassurance that this will come to an end. You may like to pick and choose parts most appropriate to your child or read it in sections.

Home workouts: https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/kidswellbeing

This website has some ideas for home workouts and some great information cards covering all aspects of health.

Cosmic Kids Yoga for Mindfulness: https://www.cosmickids.com/

Newsround: Support and information about Coronavirus https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51887051

Childline: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/ Written for children to help give them ideas and ways of coping with the stress and anxiety.

 

For those of you with secondary aged children (11+):

 

Kooth: a web-based confidential support service available to young people aged 11 to 18yrs, providing a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis.   Kooth.com  
Rise Above: Health and wellbeing website by Public Health England that covers everything including emotional wellbeing, friendships, self-care; also has games, videos etc. https://riseabove.org.uk/

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