Never before have we seen such challenging and pressured times for our communities.
We are seeing leaders and their teams showing enormous courage and selflessness, focusing on the frontline – the care of the children and young people that they serve, their families, and their communities. Whilst we are seeing our families face huge challenges in looking after their own health and wellbeing, alongside promoting learning and coping with new restrictions on their every day lives.
As an organisation we seek to provide support and connection for the both the educational workforce and the families of ur pupils, we hope that the resources and links compiled below may be of use to you in such unprecedented times.
Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 30th March 2020
Heading into the second week of home schooling and social distancing for most, this week's Newsletter focuses on communication and gratitude- something to add a touch of positivity to your week. You can download the edition here: Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 30th March 2020 . Previous editions are available in the archive below.
You can also access the blogs: Home Schooling, Week 2: Gratitude Practice, a blog for parents on how to practice gratitude as a family and the benefits this has written by Anna Miller, Mobilise Project Research Champion & Mum and Looking After Your Mental Health, a blog about the importance of talking written by Claire Blackburn BSc (HONS) dip couns BACP (reg), Counsellor Private Practice.
Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter Archive
Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 23rd March 2020
We realise that for parents looking after the wellbeing of your family during this current climate is both a priority and a challenge. We have collated information and links that may support your during these unusual and frightening times, you can download the first edition here: Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 23rd March 2020
You can also access a blog: Home Schooling, Week 1 Family First & The Learning Will Follow, this is a blog for parents, which provides reassurance and strategies to make your home learning both manageable and meaningful, whilst prioritising your well-being. Author Anna Miller, Mobilise Project Research Champion & Mum.
Wellbeing Support for Children
Public Health England 2020- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/ Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus- https://nursedottybooks.com/dave-the-dog-is-worried-about-coronavirus-2/ Molly Watts, an intensive care nurse at Southampton Children's Hospital, has written a story book for younger readers that may be worried and for parents to help them explain what is happening. It’s been downloaded over 15 000 times.
Recognision anxiety in children - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/dualwa-anxiety-in-primary-school Cbeebies link for parents in recognising and dealing with signs of anxiety in their children
Education Support.org - https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/helping-you/telephone-support-counselling This organisation will provide confidential, emotional support from their hepline counselling team to teachers and educational staff who need support in these uncertain times.
Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing- https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing -https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
For Me - This app includes all of Childline’s services in an app: direct 121 access to a counsellor, videos, advice and chat on a range of issues that affect young people. It is safe and discreet and can only be accessed with a pin code. For Me was named and designed to blend in with other apps on your phone. That means that if anyone else sees the screen, they won't realise it's a Childline app. Available on iphone only but all resources available via the website. https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/for-me/
Wellbeing Support for Adults
Downdog yoga app - Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout apps are currently free until May 1st 2020 with the aim of supporting your mental and physical health during this time. If you are a student or teacher (K-12 or college), go to downdogapp.com/schools to get free access until July 1st.
Action for Happiness - Action for Happiness is not-for-profit creating a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society, by helping people to take practical action drawing on the latest scientific research. The website provides many resources and evidence-based ideas for actions we can take to feel happier and help to reduce and prevent mental ill health, personally, in our communities, workplaces and schools. - www.actionforhappiness.org
Headspace - Free for teachers – this app teaches mindfulness meditation principles to improve wellbeing.https://www.headspace.com/educators-covid-19
Mental Health First Aid England Stress Container exercise - Identify causes of stress and personal helpful coping strategies. There are a number of stress container exercises suitable for children online. https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/resources/address-your-stress/stress-container-resource-download.pdf
Advise from the Mental Health foundation: The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside colleagues at Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
Mind: Advise from Mind with coping with stress and anxiety including a wellbeing checklist to follow and what you can do at home to help. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
CDC: Direct advise from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention advise on managing stress and anxiety linked to the Corvid-19 situation. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
5 Ways to Work Well From Home: with many people making the sudden transition of working from home, this article provides 5 considerations to make the change as smooth as possible. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51868894
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- My Whole Self - Tips for working from home
- Southwark Council - Wellbeing tips for families
- Wellbeing for Teachers - Useful links and resources
Healthy Minds Lincolnshire - Guidance
Healthy Minds Lincolnshire
- The Healthy Minds and CAMHS website has been updated with information regarding COVID-19 and emotional wellbeing: https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/young-people/lincolnshire/whats-new
- Toolkit created by Lincolnshire Healthy Minds – useful links/apps for schools, parents and children and resources and tools to support low mood, anxiety and self-harm. Resources include activity planners, mood diaries, worry monster action plans and staying well plans: https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/application/files/4715/6474/4023/HM_Lincolnshire_Tookit_FINAL.pdf . On this website you will also find self-help information for children, young people, parents and professionals as well as information on what to do if more help is needed.
Healthy Minds Reccommended Resources
- Anna Freud have developed this useful guidance and have more useful videos available: https://www.annafreud.org/media/11160/supporting-schools-and-colleges.pdf
- Lincolnshire County Council’s Emotional Wellbeing Pathway has lots of useful advice and information: http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/lincs/fsd/family.page?familychannel=2_9_9
- Kooth.com with free, safe and anonymous online support for young people: www.Kooth.com
- Steps2Change which has guided self-help for adults and information on what to do if more help is needed: https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/steps2change/home
Healthy minds Lincolnshire has also kindly provided further mental health and wellbeing related resources, available in the downloads section of this page (orange box to the right of the page). These are:
- WHO guidance for helping children cope with stress and mental health considerations during this crisis, the section for care providers for children is highlighted on page 4
- Healthy Minds Relaxation Booklet
- Leaflet that may be helpful for younger children to help explain the Coronavirus