Children's Mental Health Week 7th-11th February 2022
Our theme this year is ‘Dress the Express’ providing an opportunity for self-expression and to celebrate a diverse range of emotions. We shall be holding this on the Wednesday 9th February to link in with our ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’.
Children can come to school wearing a unique outfit or their favourite colour/non-uniform to express how they're feeling, it can be as simple or elaborate as you like.
No money donation needed.
I shall be leading an assembly (virtually) on the Monday to introduce the week and then each day the children will be taking part in a Wellbeing Challenge in class.
Monday's Wellbeing Challenge – Give someone a compliment
Tuesday's Wellbeing Challenge –Do a deep breathing exercise
Wednesday's Wellbeing Challenge –Wear something that makes you feel good
Thursday's Wellbeing Challenge – Catch up with a friend
Friday's Wellbeing Challenge –Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
We shall conclude the week with a virtual story time by Miss Gunnell (our Child Mental Health lead) to highlight the importance of looking after our mental health/wellbeing and remind the children that it is ok to not be ok.
Wellbeing is about our thoughts, feelings, emotions and ability to react to different situations in life.
A good sense of wellbeing is feeling ok and being able to cope, even when life or situations are challenging.
Sometimes our wellbeing is affected by things out of our control: illness, a stressful family situation or crisis, or a build-up of a range of small problems.
When our wellbeing is affected and we don’t feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns: sadness, depression, feeling anxious. Which lead to unhelpful thoughts stopping us from enjoying and coping with daily life.
Mental Health Illness
Sometimes, people are born with a mental health illness which affects them throughout their lives. They might have different ways of being supported and coping with their mental health illness; they might take medicine or they might have a doctor or counsellor that they talk to, to help them cope and regain a sense of wellbeing.
Mental illness is often invisible, but that doesn’t mean it should be hidden.
It can take many forms, such as stress, depression, paranoia, sleeping problems, anxiety, panic attacks and suicidal feelings. You might not be able to tell from looking at a person whether they are suffering.
Statistics tell us that most people suffer from a mental health concern at some point in their lives and that one in ten young people struggle with their mental health. People with any illness, whether they affect our mental or physical health, deserve support, help and understanding.
Our Wellbeing at Dovedale Primary School
Understanding and responding to our mental health and wellbeing needs is something we believe in at Dovedale Primary School. We aim to take away the stigma and negativity and help our pupils and families to talk openly. We have our own worry monster (a teddy) in school who helps to take worries away from children by popping a note into his worry boxes. A teacher/teaching assistant or our Child Mental Health Lead can then talk about that worry with the child.
We also have Wellbeing Wednesday every week when our Child Mental Health Lead holds regular mental health sessions in our hub with children who need that support.
Our Family Liaison Officer-Claire Kudryk
Across our Academy of schools we also have our own Family Liaison Officer, Claire Kudryk who can offer support in a number of areas including; supporting your child’s
- Behaviour needs
- Emotional health needs
- Social needs
- Implementing routines
- Support and sign posts to more specific targeted support where needed
Claire can also complete follow up work with our children in school, on a 1:1 or small group basis, including;
- Regulating feelings and emotions
- Helping them to manage anger and frustrations
- Helping them with anxiety
- Building on their confidence and self-esteem
- Supporting around key transitions, including moving between classes and schools
- Support around friendship and relationship issues
- Support around family issues e.g. Bereavement, new baby, parent’s separation/ divorce, family breakdown, parental health and well-being needs.
You can contact Claire via email on the details in the leaflet below or speak to a member of staff who may be able to make a referral for support on your behalf.
Helpful websites,apps and activities
- Dragon in the Attic is a mental health app centred on anti-bullying ideas. It is a fun, re-playable, game for 8 – 12 year old boys and girls about health and wellbeing choices which give players greater awareness and confidence, by getting kids to look after a dragon in an attic.
- Children in Need website contains conversation starters, activities, challenges and further support through the pandemic
Lumi Nova:Tales of courage App
A FREE Digital intergalatic adventure game to support children with anxiety or worry. Lumi Nova is a fun mobile game that enables children & young people (aged 7-12 years) to learn life-long skills to self-manage their worries and build resilience.
- Supporting Year 6 children and parents with the move to Year 7 in Secondary School. Lots of videos and resources from a Year 7 child's point of view.
- Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children's transition to secondary school
We recommend that parents always look at and test our apps and games for themselves before introducing their children to them.
Some useful activities to complete with your child
Derbyshire Family Health Service
Telephone number for parents to ring Tel:01246 515100
Help for adults concerned about a child NSPCC Tel: 0808 800 5000
Help for children and young people call Childline Talk: 0800 1111
The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence.
Call 116 123 - it's FREE
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Call the Mind infoline on 0300 123 3393 Or email email@example.com.
Useful link for parents: https://derbyandderbyshireemotionalhealthandwellbeing.uk/