Looking After Everyone’s Mental Health
The pressure on everyone during this time is significant so it is important to remember to make sure that everyone’s mental as well as physical health is considered. Please remember that you are not on your own and that the school is still here to support you and your children as best we can. Additionally, there are lots of online resources to draw upon. For example:
- This website covers:
- Supporting your child if they're feeling worried
- Supporting your family’s wellbeing during isolation
- How can you access mental health support and treatment for your child during the coronavirus pandemic
- Finding more information and support
- https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/ coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#PracticalAdviceForStayingAtHome This website offers practical advice for staying at home.
Other support agencies you may find useful:
- Mental Health Support
- KOOTH - https://www.kooth.com – online service only.
- YOUNG MINDS – Text YM to 85258 – 24/7 crisis support.
- MINDMATE - https://www.mindmate.org.uk – great website with lots of links.
- THE MARKET PLACE - Tel: 0113 246 1659 - https://www.themarketplaceleeds.org.uk/ - offering support on any issue.
- NHS: CHAT HEALTH – text 07520 619 750 – they aim to get back to you within 24hours.
- LEEDS COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE TRUST - 0113 843 5683 – call for advice.
Some activities and techniques to improve everyone’s mental health:
- Make sure YOU take time out to do things you enjoy. Have a nap, go for a walk, read, listen to the radio, watch TV.
- Stay calm and kind. Children react to us and we have to be aware of our own reactions. We need to try to model calm even if we are not feeling calm.
- Allow your child/ren the time and space to manage their emotions. They may be argumentative or even silent; they may have trouble concentrating or be emotional. We need to be available to listen and acknowledge their concerns.
- Limit your child’s exposure to the media and news BUT do talk. Provide clear, factual information like the importance of washing hands and social distancing. Don’t make promises you can’t keep about how long this situation will last.
- Keep a check on treats. Eating too many simple sugars may link to low mood.