Supporting Children's Mental Health Week
Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year the week is more important than ever.
In the words of Doctor Who herself “Right now we are all experiencing every type of emotion, and it is vital that we get to express those feelings, so this year’s theme is perfect. Express yourself! For everything you are feeling, there is a way to express it…. A healthy mind needs to exercise its imagination.”
The week is a great opportunity to think about ongoing ways to encourage emotional expression such as assemblies, resources and activities to complete with pupils. For example:
Try to engage in one each of PACE activities per day:
- Physical - going outside, or even doing a Joe Wicks type video exercise at home together promotes well-being, releases endorphins and reduces cortisol and other stress hormones.
- Achieve - doing something that leads to sense of achievement, be it for the child completing homework, or for the parent tidying a room. It is important to name the activity before and congratulate each other on getting it done.
- Connect - planning and then chatting to somebody important, even if it is online. Yes it is not the same as being face-to-face but it does make everybody feel better.
- Enjoyment - do something that you really like, and it doesn't have to be virtuous, it could be eating a slice of your favourite cake! Again, celebrating that you have done it is important.
https://youtu.be/0NZwNTwT_vY - Top tips on supporting mental health.
Teachers and school staff can find five easily accessible and differentiable lessons on expressing yourself through various mediums- such as creating content, art and dance.
The Social Emotional and Mental specialists within the SEND locality hubs in North Yorkshire County Council specialise in providing services to children and young people in partnership with their education provider.
The SEMH team will be running two new seminars focussing on ‘Supporting Wellbeing through remote teaching’. Places can be booked by visiting www.nyestraining.co.uk and will focus on practical, workable, easy resources and activities to promote pupil wellbeing during difficult times. These sessions are being funded by the Department for Education Wellbeing Grant so are free for schools to attend.
The SEMH Team is also running a session delivering advice, strategies and tools to develop positive outcomes for children and young people experiencing emotionally-based school refusal. Through early intervention, collaborative and flexible working and, most importantly, listening carefully to the vulnerable young person at the centre of EBSR, practitioners will come away with ideas to support children and young people to make a positive return to school.
|Know Yourself, Know the Child||10/03/2021|