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 18th May 2020
This week's Newsletter contains the two weekly blogs and useful links including a Lincolnshire Headteacher take on the weekling Home Schooling Blog. You can download the edition here: Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 18th May 2020. Previous editions are available in the archive below.
You can also access the blogs: Anger, Confusion and Fear, a blog written by Claire Blackburn BSc (HONS) dip couns BACP (reg), Counsellor Private Practice and Reflections, a blog and thought-provoking message from Helen Taylor, assistant head at Saint Lawrence C of E Primary School.
Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter Archive
Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 11th May 2020
This week's Newsletter contains a motivational message from a Lincolnshire Headteacher as well as the two weekly blogs and useful links. You can download the edition here: Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 11th May 2020 . Previous editions are available in the archive below.
You can also access the blogs: Homeschooling Week 8: The Importance of Play, a blog for parents written by Anna Miller, Mobilise Project Research Champion & Mum, Lockdown Reflections, a blog written by Claire Blackburn BSc (HONS) dip couns BACP (reg), Counsellor Private Practice and "Remember, no children are behind, in fact your children are exactly where they need to be.”, a blog and motivational message from Helen Taylor, assistant head at Saint Lawrence C of E Primary School.
Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 4th May 2020
This week's Newsletter contains information on the Think2Speak 'Coversation Starter' Colouring Book, a motivational message from a Lincolnshire Headteacher as well as Anna Miller's weekly blog and useful links. You can download the edition here: Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 4th May 2020 . Previous editions are available in the archive below.
You can also click here to access the blog: Homeschooling Week 7: Family and Wellbeing First, a blog for parents written by Anna Miller.
Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 27th April 2020
This week's Newsletter contains tips for creating smooth learning routines from the EEF as well as the two weekly blogs and useful links. You can download the edition here: Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 27th April 2020 . Previous editions are available in the archive below.
You can also access the blogs: Homeschooling Week 6: Taking Notice, a blog for parents written by Anna Miller, Mobilise Project Research Champion & Mum and Wellbeing Check, a blog written by Claire Blackburn BSc (HONS) dip couns BACP (reg), Counsellor Private Practice.
Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 20th April 2020
This week's Newsletter contains information about online workbooks from Lincolnshire Healthy Minds as well as the two weekly blogs and useful links. You can download the edition here: Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 20th April 2020 . Previous editions are available in the archive below.
You can also access the blogs: Homeschooling Week 5: Home Learning and Worries, a blog for parents written by Anna Miller, Mobilise Project Research Champion & Mum and Support for You and Your Family, a blog written by Claire Blackburn BSc (HONS) dip couns BACP (reg), Counsellor Private Practice.
Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 13th April 2020
This week's Newsletter contains information about the support that is being provided by Futures in Mind as well as the two weekly blogs and useful links. You can download the edition here: Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 13th April 2020 . Previous editions are available in the archive below.
You can also access the blogs: Homeschooling Week 4: Life Learning, a blog for parents written by Anna Miller, Mobilise Project Research Champion & Mum and How are you?, a thought provoking blog regarding asking yourself a question we so frequently ask others, written by Claire Blackburn BSc (HONS) dip couns BACP (reg), Counsellor Private Practice.
Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 6th April 2020
This week's Newsletter focuses on "when-this-is-all-over" conversations and includes lots of helpful wellbeing links as we come up to the third week of lockdown. You can download the edition here: Kyra Wellbeing Newsletter W.C 6th April 2020 . Previous editions are available in the archive below.
You can also access the blogs: Home Schooling, Week 3: Hope, a blog for parents written by Anna Miller, Mobilise Project Research Champion & Mum and Coping with Anxiety, a blog including helpful information about how to deal with anxiety caused by the current situation written by Claire Blackburn BSc (HONS) dip couns BACP (reg), Counsellor Private Practice.
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 .
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 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
Award a Place2Be Kindness Cup for Mental Health Awareness Week. The Place2Be Kindness Cups provide an opportunity to recognise the children, teachers, parents/carers and other individuals who have made a positive difference through their kindness at this challenging time: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/may/award-a-kindness-cup-for-mental-health-awareness-week/
Mentally Healthy Schools – Resources to deal with the effects of lockdown toolkit
This Toolkit focuses on managing the effects of lockdown, including loneliness, boredom and family problems. It contains resources and activities for school staff, children and parents, including guidance on family problems; a kindness calendar; and a ‘brain breaks’ activity to support concentration with school work: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2035/coronavirus-dealing-with-effects-toolkit-5.pdf
Healthy Minds Lincolnshire - Relaxation/breathing exercises for children/young people: https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/young-people/lincolnshire/young-people/i-need-more-help/healthy-minds-lincolnshire
Healthy Minds Lincolnshire: Free online workshop for primary and secondary pupils – Managing worries and anxious feelings: https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/young-people/lincolnshire/young-people/i-need-more-help/healthy-minds-lincolnshire
GOSH Charity (Great Ormond Street Hospital) The Power Of Play: A treasure trove of games, tips and resources from the Play team to help your family through this worrying time: https://www.gosh.org/power-of-play-hub?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=PowerOfPlayLaunch
A Parents’ Guide to Promoting Early Learning and Development at Home: Supporting Families During The Coronavirus Pandemic And Beyond: https://www.skipforeyeducators.co.uk/booklet/covid19_familybooklet_poster.pdf?fbclid=IwAR00_NEX0VtzBg5SXjXqzbBsT7J9kzx7wsR-oJRyENaVUUrURJz6aXboRrQ
The Importance of Play During Covid-19: https://southyorkshirefutures.co.uk/syf/the-importance-of-playing-with-your-child-during-coronavirus-covid-19/?doing_wp_cron=1589058978.5906190872192382812500#
How to Keep Children's Stress from Turning Into Trauma: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/well/family/coronavirus-children-stress-parents.html?fbclid=IwAR3aL-wIbTG5dZl4MYdxR2Fi-dCtRyPDLw37l6DLMiJEh4eIxRUqCcPdeZU
Lincolnshire Emotional WA Parents’ Guide to Promoting Early Learning and Development at Home: Supporting Families During The Coronavirus Pandemic And Beyond: https://www.skipforeyeducators.co.uk/booklet/covid19_familybooklet_poster.pdf?fbclid=IwAR00_NEX0VtzBg5SXjXqzbBsT7J9kzx7wsR-oJRyENaVUUrURJz6aXboRrQellbeing and Mental Health Pathway – aims to provide children, young people and their families with better access to the right support at the right time. The pathway is designed to help families of children and young people experiencing emotional wellbeing, mental health or behaviour concerns; suggesting strategies for self-help and self-referral to local or national support agencies: http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/lincs/fsd/family.page?familychannel=2_9_9
Mentally Healthy Schools – Resources for managing anxiety and improving wellbeing toolkit #4 : Mentally Healthy Schools have published their fourth Toolkit with resources and activities for school staff and parents to help children manage anxiety and improve wellbeing during this time. It includes activities such as an Emotion Wheel and Anxiety Thermometer to help children with emotional expression, mindful crafts and breathing exercises: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2025/coronavirus-anxiety-toolkit.pdf
Coronavirus - A Book for Children: Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/
Mental Health/ Emotional Wellbeing Apps: For adults, young people and children. The apps found in this booklet are either featured in the NHS App library and / or young people have told our clinicians that they have found them personally helpful (Healthy Minds Lincolnshire) Click here.
Coronavirus mental health and wellbeing resources (Anna Freud updated 17/04/20): This toolkit includes resources to use with vulnerable children or children with SEND, a resource from Stonewall for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as practical activities for adults and children to help stay mentally well. Click here.
#GrowHappy by the Landscape Show- Let’s all plant some of the very happiest flowers - sunflowers! - and see just how much happiness we can grow. A 100 day challenge to grow the tallest sunflower! More information about the competition: http://www.landscapeshow.co.uk/growhappy Email: email@example.com for a childrens’ information pack and sunflower seeds.
Education Endowment Foundation: A range of resources for families to support home routines, social and emotional learning and behaviour and valuable learning opportunities, such as shared reading: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources/support-resources-to-share-with-parents/
Australian Childhood Foundation: Useful resources and information to support children during the coronavirus pandemic: https://www.childhood.org.au/covid-19/
How the Coronavirus is Influencing Children’s Play: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/04/coronavirus-tag-and-other-games-kids-play-during-a-pandemic/609253/?fbclid=IwAR2bcXlbPbO-K6Q9lSR2x97oyv7CDctgjA19ClVXwmOVGPAu7FPcSXmSKhQ
Coronavirus, and helping children with autism – Episode 4 ‘Autism, a parents’ guide with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Murin. A useful podcast and social stories. https://www.acamh.org/podcasts/cornavirus-autism-a-parents-guide/?utm_content=bufferf5002&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer
What Covid-19 is Teaching me About Autism: https://autismact.com/what-covid-19-is-teaching-me-about-autism/
Place2Be - Coronavirus: supporting children who may be especially vulnerable during times of uncertainty: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-supporting-children-who-may-be-especially-vulnerable/
Coronavirus: 7 ways to help pupil mental health. School closures might be harder or some students than others. Play therapist, Roisin Robinson, offers some suggestions of ways to promote positive mental health: https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-7-ways-help-pupil-mental-health
NSPCC- www.nspcc.org.uk/coronavirus The NSPCC have a new Coronavirus hub on their website. This will be regularly updated with new content relating to talking about coronavirus, managing anxiety, safeguarding vulnerable children and working from home
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 helpline 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/
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- Staying Connected With our Children - The importance of communication with our children
- Social Story - Understanding Corona Virus for Kids
- Many Ways to Share a Hug - Temporary changes to how we can express care from the point of view of 'The Hugs'
- Talking to Children About Illness - Advice from the British Psychological Society
- 5 Ways to Wellbeing - Primary and Secondary
Wellbeing Support for Adults
Our Frontline: A new round-the-clock mental health support service for key workers - our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health: https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/ourfrontline/
Every Mind Matters: Your Mind Plan (Public Health England): Answer 5 quick questions to get your free plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control. Your Mind Plan is only for people aged 18 years and over and is designed to point you in the right direction. It is not a medical assessment – if you're worried about your health you should speak to a healthcare professional.- https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/your-mind-plan-quiz/
Coronavirus Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit (attached) Mentally Healthy Schools in partnership with Anna Freud - https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/1998/coronavirus-mental-health-and-wellbeing-toolkit-2.pdf
Heads Together – Tips and advice for our charity partners to help you navigate this difficult time: https://www.headstogether.org.uk/coronavirus-and-your-mental-health/
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
- Learners Trust - Advise for working from home
- Teacher Wellbeing Resources - 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
Managing Worries Workshop
Healthy Minds Lincolnshire has produced a FREE online workshop to support children and young people to learn new strategies to manage their worries.
A support pack is available for parents/carers as well as workbooks to download for primary and secondary age children: Click here.
Healthy Minds Lincolnshire would greatly appreciate your feedback about this new resource! Children (from Year 3 to Year 11) should complete the online feedback form on completion of the course. Parents/carers who supported their child to complete the workshop should also complete an online evaluation form.