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Mental Health Week

This week we will be taking part in Mental Health Week. This is a week run by the organisation Place 2Be who we will hopefully be working with from September. It shines a light on children's mental health and we will be talking with the children about looking after themselves physically and mentally. 

When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.

However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too.

During the week, we will be sharing lots of ideas about how to look after our mental wellbeing using animations and books. We will also be running a family homework project with the title "What Makes me Happy".  On Friday 8th Feb at 9am, there is a special Parent Support Group with the theme of self-esteem too.

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When we are talking with the children this week, we are refering to things we do to keep ourselves healthy physically and mentally. We will also talk about little feelings that we have every day and big feelings which can affect how we behave or get on with other people. We will be doing an activity where all children identify important people that they can speak to for help if they are struggling with these big feelings, so please ask them about this. This leaflet also provides some great tips for discussing mental wellbeing with children.

Books

There are lots of great books for children of all ages which can be a good starting point for talking about feelings with children. A list of some great ones can be found here. Most of these can be found in the school library so please ask your class teacher if you would like to borrow one.

 

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Links

There are lots of organisations that can provide support for parents or children that have questions or concerns about their mental wellbeing:

Place 2Be

Anna Freud Centre

Young Minds

Family Lives

Child Line

 

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