Wellbeing

​Mental health and wellbeing is so important!

Here are some really useful support pages, with activities and ideas to help support your child’s mental health and wellbeing at home. 

It’s natural to feel anxiety and a normal reaction to feel the need for safety, predictability and control. Anxiety is a normal reaction that everyone experiences some times.  They key is how we deal with this range of emotions.  Here you can find lots of tips to support your child.

To support you and your family at home, we have gathered some useful mental health support form a range of providers.  Some involves some reading by parents and carers, others are quick and straightforward. 

Download: Supporting your child’s emotional wellbeing tips

​General

The British Psychological Society (BPS) offers an excellent, concise guide on talking to children of different ages about illness (with what to say, what they may think and how to support, at different age groups.  

 

Social stories are a way we use in school to support children who need to process information before being comfortable with it (and this can be a cause for anxiety / anger / upset etc. if items are not properly processed. 

This website is a lovely introduction to how to use social stories.

https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/communication/communication-tools/social-stories-and-comic-strip-coversations

 

Worries and anxieties – helping children to cope: for parents and carers

https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/parents-and-young-people

 

Three useful links if you have any child who has experienced bereavement.

1/ https://www.childbereavementuk.org

2/ https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-grief-and-loss/

3/ https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/for-parents/how-to-help-a-child-or-young-person

Mind You South Glos – for young people 

Young Minds (talking to your child about Covid19) 

BBC website 

MIND

Rethink 

Anna Freud  

NHS every mind matters (interactive tailored support) 

​Mental health apps

Breathe, Think, Do Sesame.  This app uses a ‘Sesame Street’ style approach. Includes a parent section, with free resources such as tips and strategies including video clips to watch with your child. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/breathe-think-do-withsesame

Dreamy Kid  A meditation app that can be used on waking or as they fall asleep https://dreamykid.com

Stop, Breathe and Think  This app focuses on mindful breathing to create space between thoughts, emotions and reactions: https://my.life

Smiling Mind offers a unique web and app-based tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives. https://www.smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app

Calm  An app focusing on meditation and mindfulness: https://www.calm.com

Aimed at supporting parents and carers

One You South Glos for adults 

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/family/gender-violence/domestic-violence-and-abuse-getting-help/ A source of advice if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence

 

Covid specific

Managing anxiety and worries related to coronavirus using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) by Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap.

A clear and concise framework that is accessible and practical. His approach is called FACE COVID and is free to download  .

There is a helpful video to go alongside this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmvNCdpHUYM