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Wellbeing and Mental Health

Mrs Barham
Mental Health Lead
Miss Porter
Deputy Mental Health Lead
Mrs Fordham
Wellbeing Lead

 

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Retune Workshop

On 17th October, ‘Retune’ held a workshop for 30 children in year 5 which focused on how creativity can help support our wellbeing and mental health. Tom from Retune used the strings of a guitar and the acronym SCALES to help the children learn about the different ways we can look after our mental health. Tom performed a song with the children at the beginning of the session and even wrote a song for them too! Here’s what the children said they learnt.

“To listen to your body and treat yourself when you need to. Take the opportunity to make a playlist or go for a jog and text or keep social with others to control mental health” 

“About different tunes, scales, rhythms and nots. How the mind and brain controls wellbeing” 

“Mental health is important. Everyone has mental health. Everyone gets sad sometimes” 

October 2022

Year 6 - Positive Minds Programme - Parent Pack

Introduction

This guide has been developed for parents and carers to further support with your child(ren)’s wellbeing as well as your own.

Positive Minds; is a 10 week wellbeing programme delivered within the school setting to Year 6 students in the summer term. The programme aims to improve children’s knowledge and understanding around mental health, as well as provide tools to help them be prepared for future change, particularly transitioning to secondary school.

You have received this guide as we are delivering the Positive Minds; programme in your child(ren)’s school. In addition to our schools’ programme, we have a parent provision to aid supporting your wellbeing and increasing your awareness. Although there is a lot of misconception and stigma around mental health, EVERYONE has mental health, just like we all have physical health.

Mental health just means our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices (The Mental Health Foundation) Mental health is on a spectrum and is something that can change and fluctuate every day for many different reasons. It is normal for the state of our mental health to change, but we should raise our concerns when we find ourselves feeling mentally unwell for a long period of time, that is different to your individual normal.

Source - Positive Minds; Education - January 2021

Developing Resilience Skills - Upper School

Developing resilience is a lifelong skill that we believe is vital for all children and adults.  Our teachers are really committed to helping the children develop their resilience skills and have undertaken specific training to aid them in their delivery on the extra lessons and is therefore taught as part of our year 5 curriculum

There are 6 lessons that will be taught to the children which talk them through these main 4 skills:

• Harnessing emotions
• Noticing the gremlins
• Reframing the gremlins
• Keeping perspective

The lessons aim to teach the following competencies:

 

What will the Lessons Involve?

Resilience and harnessing positive emotions
Children discuss not jumping to conclusions over emotions because we express them in different ways. It is always better to ask rather than assume.

Connecting the brain, emotions and thoughts
The class discuss and work through some questions about how the brain works and its 3 parts.

Introducing the 'gremlin beliefs'
Children will learn about what we call unhelpful beliefs (gremlin beliefs).

 

Optimism & evidence
Children begin to come up with questions that question gremlin beliefs to check the accuracy of their thinking.

WoBbLe
Children recap last lesson reinforcing that we can control how we feel and behave by questioning gremlin beliefs to gain evidence. Children take part in a gratitude circle.

Children will gain an understanding that when we are uncertain about something or somebody, we can assume the worst is going to happen and the 'catastrophising gremlin belief' takes control.  Controlling these anxious thoughts before they take over is a crucial skill. 

Resilience planning
Children discuss how they can use their resilience skills to be flexible and not get stuck into fixed, inaccurate thinking. Children create a resilience mind map. Mapping out and including all the things that they are going to do and techniques that will work for them.

School Nurse

Referrals to the School Nursing team can be made online through the website https://www.hct.nhs.uk/our-services/school-nursing/ 

The duty school nurse number is 0300 1237 572.

Reminder: visits to the opticians and dental checks are free on the NHS for children under 16.  

Change 4 Life is a great resource for parents and has some good recipes and healthy eating snack ideas: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life.

Health advice to help your children grow and flourish:
 https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/hertfordshire/

 

Top Tips - Supporting Mental Wellbeing Through Nature

Crisis Support

If your child or young person in a mental health crisis 

The NHS and our local hospitals are really busy at the moment, so if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, the quickest way to get help at any time of the day or night is to call our freephone number: 0800 6444 101, or call NHS 111 and select option 2 for mental health services. 

In the case of serious illness or injury, dial 999 for emergency services

If you are already using these services

If you are already receiving support from the service and need help please contact:

Your care co-ordinator on the number provided to you or if you need help in the evening, weekend or bank holiday call 0800 6444 101. 

Email: hpft.spa@nhs.net for non-urgent enquiries  

Live webchat service

If you'd prefer to speak online, click on the SPA red button here. This service is available Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm.

Alternative Contacts

Samaritans Tel: 116 123, 24 hours a day, every day

Childline Tel: 0800 1111   via 1-2-1 chat between 7.30am and 3.30am every day.

HOPELINEUK (papyrus): Tel: 0800 0684141 Text: 07786209697 Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org, 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends and bank holidays.

Most referrals to our services are made by GPs

If you are experiencing mental health problems and need help please speak to your GP (family doctor). They will discuss the issues you are facing and refer you to our services, if appropriate. To register with a GP in your area go to www.nhs.uk

January 2021

Grief and Bereavement

 https://unravelsupport.co.uk/grief

This 'Grief Support' booklet is a FREE practical guide to supporting yourself and the children in your care who are experiencing feelings of loss and grief.

 

www.stand-by-me.org.uk
When someone dies we can be totally unprepared. Even if the death is expected it can be difficult to know how to best help the children and young people we care for.

Stand-by-me offers information, advice  and support to help children, young people and their families living in North Hertfordshire & Stevenage understand and manage their grief.​​

 

Mental Health

Click here for an A-Z of mental health. 

When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information - about a condition, treatment options, or practical issues - is vital.

www.annafreud.org
'We’re transforming mental health by working with infants, children, young people and their families, their communities and professionals to deliver timely evidence-based support for all.'

https://www.mind.org.uk/
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

 www.nhs.uk/CYPMHS
Please follow the links for information about Children and Young People Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)

This A-Z gives you advice on how to help your child with specific mental health conditions, and life events which might be negatively affecting their wellbeing. it will also show you where you can get help.

 

www.hpft.nhs.uk/spot-the-signs
Spot the Signs is a suicide prevention campaign, helping to remove the stigma of talking openly about suicide. They provide training courses and signpost to mental health services available in Hertfordshire.

Spot the signs campaign is run in partnership with: 

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
https://www.hpft.nhs.uk/get-help/

Herts County Council 

 www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/mental-health

Hertfordshire Mind Network
Hertfordshire Mind Network deliver essential mental health support in Hertfordshire, providing a diverse range of services over seven Wellbeing Centres and other venues across all ten districts of the county. The services are available to all residents in Hertfordshire over the age of 18 and they offer dedicated services for 15-18 year olds.
https://www.hertsmindnetwork.org/

 

Parenting Together

Parenting Together is one strand of the Reducing Parental Conflict Programme led by the Department of Work and Pensions. This programme is funded and managed by the Department of Work and Pensions, but is being coordinated locally by Hertfordshire County Council on behalf of all participating local authorities.
Hertfordshire County Council is the main contact point for all queries about the programme from local areas, and will receive and quality check all referrals before passing them onto the provider. A steering group of all 6 local authorities meets regularly to manage the local elements of the programme.

When family life is good, children thrive. Find out why relationships between parents matter so much to children, and how to improve your relationship with your partner or ex-partner. For tools and information to help support your family you can use the following website. www.parentingtogether.org.uk

Support for Families and Carers

The Living Room
 www.livingroomherts.org

The Living Room have developed a range of services to support adults suffering with the illness of addiction and their family members and carers. If you are currently using drugs or alcohol, The Living Room can help you find harm reduction services in Hertfordshire to help you safely reduce before you join.  

Young Carers' Crew

 
www.young-carers-crew.org
Support for young carers in North Herts.

 

Supporting children and families affected by a family member's offending.

 www.nicco.org.uk/

Visiting Times app

Through the free Visiting Times app, you can:

  • hear about other families’ experiences 
  • explore parts of a prison
  • learn why it’s important to stay in touch with a relative inside

Visiting Times works on all smartphones and tablets

Click HERE for the Android version on Google Play. 

Click HERE for the Apple version on the App store. 

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This short film, produced by Fixers, depicts the life of a teenager whose parent is in and out of prison.

https://www.nicco.org.uk/directory-of-resources/my-own-prison