Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021.
This year’s theme is Express Yourself.
Health and well-being is a mixture of physical, mental and social factors which can change over time and vary depending on different stages in life. Your health and well-being may not always be in a positive state and many things can affect this.
COVID-19 – Coronavirus Crisis
The outbreak of the Cornonavirus (COVID-19) maybe stressful to a variety of people including our young people. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Coping will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.
Taking care of yourself and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Things you can do to support yourself:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise and get plenty of sleep.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Support and Guidance Resources (COVID-19)Our Local Clinical Commissioning Group has shared an excellent resource which may help signpost you to different support and strategies at this time of uncertainty. Please follow this link to access the resource put together by Liverpool CAMHS to help support children and young people (CYP) during social distancing. It includes:
- talking to CYP
- wellbeing advice for families and schools
- resources to use with CYP (Primary and Secondary)
- explaining COVID-19 to CYP
- videos and advice
- self-care resources
- resources for adult mental health
Other SupportOnline Apps are also very useful and here is a selection of some of the most popular ones at present:
General Information – Positive Health and Well-BeingTo ensure you stay healthy and maintain a positive well-being, there are steps you can take…
- Eat a balanced diet
- Try to have 8 hours sleep each night
- Surround yourself with people that make a positive impact on your life
- Exercise little but often – this doesn’t have to be vigorous sports, walking or a home workout is just a good
- Drink plenty of water
- Don’t be scared to talk about your feelings or things that are bothering you
- Most importantly – value yourself
- You may also find the school nurse texting service useful, which can be contacted on: 07537 415801. This is a 24 hour help line which offers a confidential service and text back advice for young people.
Things That Could Impact Your Health and Well-Being
- Tiredness and energy loss
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Mood changes
- Loss of appetite
- Sleeping pattern changes – either sleeping a lot or not at all
- Finding it difficult to concentrate
- Thoughts of self harm
Counselling ServicesThe school’s counsellor meets with certain students weekly. Meetings are arranged through the Care & Guidance Teams at Apollo Schools. She can offer bereavement counselling too.
To Report a Concern / an Incident whilst the Schools are ClosedSafeguarding children is everybody’s business. If you have a concern about a child whilst schools in the area are closed, it is important that you report this via the schools website. Follow the links below. The Castle Rock School The Newbridge School Broomleys Primary School