Supporting Children and Families with their Mental Health and Well-Being
Teaching children about keeping mentally healthy and taking positive steps to improve their well-being is an integral part of our PSHCE curriculum and our regular Relaxation and Regulation (R&R) sessions in school. We believe that supporting families with mental health and well-being is equally as important – please use these resources below for you and your family and please also do not hesitate to contact a member of school staff if you need more support with this.
There are many community resources and service available to support families or individuals with their mental health and well-being. This online guide provides information such as tips for well-being, a directory of services available and help and support available.
Qwell is a free anonymous tool which offers a range of mental health and well-being support to adults.
Kooth is an online mental well-being community for adults from 18-25.
The Anna Freud Online Centre is an excellent resource for parents and carers with a wealth of information to support children and families experiencing poor mental health or well-being. We use lots of these school resources for our lessons at school too! This parent and carer guide is particularly useful.
Young Minds is a fantastic charity working hard to support children experiencing poor mental health – their parent section is full of useful tips and resources to support families.
Books and Key Texts
We know the power of using books and stories to approach and discuss difficult topics with children – below is a collection of booklists for you to use when discussing these issues with your children and family
CELEBRATING DIFFERENCE AND DIVERSITY
CHALLENGING GENDER NORMS AND STEREOTYPES
RELATIONSHIPS AND DIFFERENT FAMILIES
BOOKS TO SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH BEREAVEMENT
BOOKS TO SUPPORT PUPILS WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
BOOKS TO SUPPORT THE TEACHING OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
BOOKS TO SUPPORT THE TEACHING OF RACE AND RACISM