Mental Health and Wellbeing

Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Anna Freud’s guidance on how to manage your child’s mental health and wellbeing during Coronavirus here
  • Anna Freud’s guide to supporting Parents and Carers during disruption here

DFE Guidance: Teaching about Mental Wellbeing

Return to School Wellbeing resources

Place2Be

Place2Be has put together a series of resources focused on community recovery, to help headteachers and school staff beginning to bring their schools back together.

Drawing on themes including hope, gratitude and connectedness, these assembly and class activity ideas are intended as a universal resource for all children, and staff are invited to use them as starting points to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience for all.

Download the Primary Resources here 

Coronavirus Covid-19 information and support (Children’s Society)

The Children’s Society has a range of support materials for young people, parents and schools in their mental and emotional health resource ‘vault’ including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression and Mood
  • Loneliness
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Phobias
  • Self care
  • Emotional resilience
  • Mental Resilience

The resources can be found here

Free teaching toolkit to support children’s health and wellbeing (Coram Life Education)

Coram Life Education has launched a free online toolkit for primary school teachers, supporting pupils’ mental health as they adjust to a new school environment post-lockdown.

The toolkit is designed to build children’s resilience, self-esteem and kindness and includes practical resources. There are also adaptations for parents and carers of children who are learning at home. The toolkit is suitable for children in early years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

The toolkit features:

  • Teacher guidance and support including how to develop a safe space for children to discuss their worries about Covid-19, and how to respond to those concerns
  • Lesson plans and assembly resources including activities, films, games, songs and stories, adaptable for smaller class sizes and to be used outdoors, building understanding of the situation, for example, ‘why our classroom has changed’ and ‘how to keep each other safe’

You can find the toolkit here

Physical Wellbeing

Fitness Blender – Link here

Description: videos featuring a range of exercises and workouts. You can choose exercises by: degree of difficulty, type, gender and whether equipment is needed or not.

Registration: not required

Joe Wicks Home Training – Link here

Description: videos cover a range of physical activities you can take part at home with minimal equipment. Adaptable for all levels and ages.

Registration: not required – select playlists

One You Couch to 5K

Description: It’s an easy to follow programme known the world over, and perfect for those new to running and need some extra support and motivation along the way. The app features a choice of 5 great trainers to support and motivate you at every step of the way, telling you when to run and when to walk, from broadcaster and former Olympian Michael Johnson, comedians Sarah Millican and Sanjeev Kohli, BBC presenter Jo Whiley, and our very own Laura, who have now helped over 2 million people like you start their own running journeys.

Website: Download this app either from Apple Store or Google Play Store

Registration: FREE APP

Mindfulness

Feeling Good: positive mindset

Description: Improve your thoughts, feelings, self-esteem and self-confidence using the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy.

Website: Download this app either from Apple Store or Google Play Store

Registration: FREE APP

Stress & Anxiety Companion

Description: Guided breathing exercises, relaxing music and games made to help calm the mind, and handle stress and anxiety on the go.

Website: Download this app either from Apple Store or Google Play Store

Registration: FREE APP

My Possible Self

Description: Pick from 10 modules to learn how to manage fear, anxiety and stress, and take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Website: Download this app either from Apple Store or Google Play Store

Registration: FREE APP

Other useful NHS Apps here