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Mental Health Awareness Week 

Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020 on the topic of kindness.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. We believe that mental health is everyone’s business.

Kindness could transform our schools, places of work, communities and families. Let's shape a society that tips the balance in favour of good mental health, for all of us, but especially for those who are most vulnerable.

Lockdown is all too familiar by now and it does feel like it has been going on forever. And it is fair to say that the coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the world as we know it. 

We are so proud of all of our families for listening and following the government guidelines to keep yourself and everyone safe. 

We have been seeing lots of excellent work and creativity taking place during this surreal time and its all very impressive - Well done!!!! 


We also know that during these uncertain times anxieties and worries maybe high for you and your family therefore whilst you are at home and unable to visit your friends and family like you are used to, it is really important for you to look after your wellbeing and mental health. Mrs Riglin and Miss Ilic has been finding some great links to websites and apps that can help you with this.


We have also included some information to help support you and your children when it comes to gaming and screen time as this to can play a big part in mental health and well being. 


Please click on the links below to some mindfulness and calming activities and some useful documents that will help you and your family understand about the Corona virus.


If you feel you or your child / children need some extra support or someone to talk while we are absent from school, please don't hesitate in contacting the Learning Mentor team via the school's email address.


You can also follow us on Twitter .....


Healthy Minds and CAMHS


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

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.


You will find resources here to support emotional wellbeing in relation to Coronavirus.  This is a growing resource with contributions from both CAMHS and Healthy Minds Lincolnshire.  On here you will find some new helpful videos:


  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing during Covid -19 (found directly on webpage, scroll down)
  • Top Tips for Young People during Covid -19 (found on webpage link under “Tips/Advice on managing anxiety and mental health during Coronavirus.”)
  • Top Tips for Parents/Carers during Covid-19 (found on webpage link under “Supporting your child during Coronavirus.”)
  • Top Tips for Teaching staff during Covid -19 (found on webpage link, right at the bottom)


Of course, as always if you have concerns about a child or young person’s emotional wellbeing you are able to contact the Here4You line which is operational as normal.

Here4You line on 01522 309120 – available Monday to Friday 09.30 – 16.30.


* 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


* Young Minds to make sure YP get the best possible mental health support & have the resilience to overcome life's challenges.

* https://www.youngminds.org.uk


* Mind help for mental health problems in YP.

* https://www.mind.org.uk


* The School Run positive mental health for SEN children.

* https://www.theschoolrun.com


* Bitesize Parents' Toolkit: SEND including music activities, reading at home support, Makaton with Justin & Mr Tumble, plus lots more.

* https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize


* National Autistic Society tips for autistic people and families with free downloads and access to the Autism helpline.

*  https://www.autism.org.uk


* Internet Matters.org helping parents keep their children safe online.

* https://www.internetmatters.org



Going back to school social story (This is an example story which can be adapted to each child and situation)

Non screen activities.

Other support / learning resources.

Digital Diet Balancing Screen time

Managing Screen time

Gaming Guide to support young people

Design a worry monster exercise

Someone i know has coronavirus - To help children understand & Support their worries

Guided Meditation for Kids | Spaceship to the Moon | Relaxation for Children

Ideal for all the family, encourages positive mindset and relaxation, and helps promote a here and now wellbeing.

Guided Meditation for Children | THE CLEVER FOX | Kids Meditation Story

Guided Meditation for Children | THE GRATITUDE TREE | Kids Meditation for Happiness

Art Challenges

Art Challenges  1 Window Display Challenges - a good Art lesson

Support for worries & anxieties.

Support for worries & anxieties. 1 Worry Tree to help manage your worries.

Thoughts decide your emotions and behaviour.

Thoughts decide your emotions and behaviour. 1 Cognitive behavioural therapy.

Self Control

Self Control  1 I cant control anyone else only myself