Wellbeing Advice and Information for Parents and Students

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

It is Mental Health Awareness Week 10th-16th May 2021 and the theme is Nature. Take a look at the array of information available from the Mental Health Foundation who are hosting.

Children's Mental Health Week (1st - 7th February 2021)

This week is Children's Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is 'Express Yourself'. Organisers, Place2Be, say that this is 'not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself'.

Free resources can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning and can be found here: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

Time To Talk Day



Time To Talk Day 4 February 2021

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet too many people are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless because of this.  Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. We know that talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn't have to. This time, our theme is 'the power of small' - because a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.  Get involved with Time to Talk Day > 

Saturday 10 October 2020 is World Mental Health Day

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

See more from Mind

Children can find it very difficult to talk about their worries. Whether a parent has a mental health problem now or has in the past, Childline can be contacted 24/7. Calls to 0800 1111 are free and confidential. Children can also contact Childline online.

Other organisations providing support to children and families include:

Mental Health Foundation Podcast - Series 5, Episode One: Kindness Matters to our Mental Health

This episode will bring you information on why kindness matters, how it is central to our mental health and more. We begin the episode by speaking to Josh Elton, who is a Group Facilitator at the Foundation. He talks to us about kindness in later life. She then speaks to Dr. Antonis Kousoulis, Director of England and Wales at the Foundation. Antonis talks to us about what kindness is, how it can have a positive impact on our own & others mental health and how we want kindness to shape the type of society we become after coronavirus (COVID-19).

Listen to the podcast now

You can see latest news from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families here. June 2020 sees their launch of Early Years in Mind – a learning network for early years professionals during Infant Mental Health Awareness Week. They share new resources including guidance for early years workers about returning to nurseries.
There is also the latest research including the first in their series of emerging evidence on the impact of coronavirus on children and young people, Mentally Healthy Schools’ new Building resilience toolkit, Schools in Mind's Managing unexpected endings guidance and live Q&A’s and new support for young people including the AFC Crisis Messenger text support service.

Useful Apps for Young People

Self Care - Looking After Your Own Mental Health

Diabetes - JDRF School Guide.  A guide to help schools make sure they are equipped with the information needed to understand the condition and safeguard children in school.

Advice from NHS Moodzone Website: If you're stressed, whether by your job or by something more personal, the first step to feeling better is to identify the cause. 

https://www.moodscope.com/  Allows person to track their mood swings and get their friends to help.

Stress Busting Apps from the NHS

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders.aspx  Lots of really good downloadable leaflets/ help.

http://youth.anxietybc.com  Although a Canadian resource this really helps some pupils.

https://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/mental-health.htm Lots of useful information






Charlie Weller Memorial Trust - Depression can be treated. Talking about it is the first step.

http://www.youngstonewall.org.uk/ Information on the LGBQT community

Helping Children Cope With Change - Top Ten Tips

'Transforming Children & Young People's Mental Health Provision' (An overview of The Green Paper)

Mental Health Awareness Week May 2018

Who's who in Wellbeing

Social Emotional and Mental Health Support

Lewisham Services for Children & Families

Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Secondary Schools

Talking Mental Health - Secondary Parents Leaflet

Mental Health - Handy Apps and Websites


Child in Mind is a series of podcasts aimed to help parents and carers understand and manage child and family mental health problems.

YoungMinds Vs Stress - An online movement to combat school stress. See information at YoungMinds - Coping with Stress

What is an Eating Disorder and When to Worry

Talking Treatments - What are they used for, what happens during therapy and how to find a therapist. Find out below.
What are Talking Treatments  Making Sense of Talking Treatments

Recognising Self Harm and How to Manage It - Useful Information for Young People, Parents and Teachers.
YoungMinds - Your Guide to Self Harm
Self Harm - What Young People Say
YoungMinds - No Harm Done Young People's Pack
YoungMinds - No Harm Done Professional's Pack
Self Harm - Having the first conversation

Family Action is a national charity with a local focus, delivering services from local offices across the country. https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/; Family Action - Digital Parent Support Service

The HUB. The Hub Lifeline

Lewisham provides support to individuals aged 11-25 years who are experiencing issues with substance misuse in Lewisham.
020 8690 3020

MindEd Hub. A free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults. https://www.minded.org.uk/

Agnes for Girls. A recommended not for profit website with lots of advice, support, guidance and links to other sources of information and inspiration. https://agnesforgirls.com/

Handy Apps
- SuperBetter - Increasing resilience https://www.superbetter.com/
- MindShift - An app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety https://www.anxietybc.com/resources/mindshift-app
- Stop, Breathe & Think - Creating Calm and Peace. This app helps you do just that. https://app.stopbreathethink.org/
- Smiling Mind - a web/app-based program to help bring balance to people’s lives. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smilingmind.app&hl
- HeadSpace - Mediation and Mindfulness Made Simple. https://www.headspace.com/
- Recolor
- Meetwo
- Stop panic anxiety
- Antistress
- Breathe to relax
- Calm harm