Mental Health & Wellbeing

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 Support  

Online 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-Being

To 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
 
Video courtesy of Health for Teens
Video courtesy of Health for Teens
Video courtesy of Health for Teens
For further information, please look at the following websites:
    • 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

Video Courtesy of HNE Kids Health
Peer Pressure Peer pressure is where you feel like you should do something because your friends are or your friends are encouraging you do something. Depression On average, three students in every classroom are affected by mental health issues, like depression. Signs of depression in teens;
  • 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
Self Harm This is where a person hurts themselves in a harmful and deliberate way. Whilst cutting is the most common way of self harming, there are many other methods including hair pulling, scratching, biting, head banging, overdosing and much more. Self harming is a coping mechanism and a way of dealing with the emotions the person is feeling, while gaining some feeling of self-control. It can become very addictive and to combat self harming, it is essential to understand the behaviour and what caused it to begin. Eating Disorders Eating disorders are a serious mental illness and people use it as a way to gain some form of control or a way of coping with bad thoughts and feelings. It is believed that over 1 million people in the U.K are affected by eating disorders.
Video Courtesy of Healthwatch

Counselling Services

The 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.
If you or someone you know is affected by issues mentioned above contact our – Care & Guidance – for advice

To Report a Concern / an Incident whilst the Schools are Closed

Safeguarding 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
Most information sourced from Family Lives