Pupil Wellbeing: Emotional Health and Wellbeing Following Covid-19
Guidance to Help Promote Positive Emotional Health and Wellbeing during Coronavirus Pandemic
During this difficult time for everybody when we are having to cope with living our lives very differently, there will be children, young people and adults experiencing significant loss, separation, bereavement and trauma. Additionally, there will be many experiencing emotional health concerns such as anxiety and depression, amongst others. This will be unique to each child and family and their individual circumstances.
As a school we understand the potential impact on the children, young people and families within our community. Therefore, we have put together a collection of resources for parents/carers and children and young people to access:
Happyful is an online magazine supporting good mental health: https://read.happiful.com/
Lancashire Mind works to support children and young people with their mental health. Their work is now very much in demand: https://www.lancashiremind.org.uk/pages/24-children-and-young-people
Another source of guidance and support related to children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing is available through the Healthy Young Minds website. Healthy Young Minds was formed from the Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Transformation Programme, which was established to deliver a five-year programme of transformation work across Lancashire and South Cumbria. The overarching aims for the Transformation Programme is to improve the resilience, emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, making it easier for them, their families and the professionals who work with them to access advice, help and support when they need it and to improve the standard of mental health services across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Within each of the links below there are specific topics, as well as current up to date guidance and support for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We Are With You - Addaction/ We Are With You (WAWY) (formerly Young Addaction) are still offering support to young people under 25 with regards to substance misuse and wellbeing remotely: https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/
Positive Action in the Community - offers projects supporting young homeless people and those living with domestic violence: https://www.p-a-c.org.uk/projects/
Clinicians at the Anna Freud Centre have developed seven ways they consider to be best practice in responding to children and young people’s fears.
7 ways to support children and young people who are worried: ttps://www.annafreud.org/media/11459/7waysanxiety.pdf
Young Minds – for children and young people
NSPCC-counselling online and support for both young people and families: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
Signposting to Websites for Bereavement
There are a number of useful websites to access extra information and practical suggestions not necessarily for the current situation but are still relevant which may help as a menu. Here are some suggestions:
Bereavement support during coronavirus
'Being cut off from family, friends and communities because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is difficult for everyone, but especially for children, young people and families who are grieving for a loved one.'
The experienced team at Winston’s Wish offer advice and guidance on supporting children through coronavirus, including information on many topics: https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults:
Pupils with SEND
A useful link for a social story to support the return to school for pupils with SEND can be found at:
The five ways to wellbeing – Evidence suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help people to flourish. The New Economics Foundation (NEF) on behalf of Foresight, sets out five actions to improve personal wellbeing, these can apply to all ages:
Childline: provides a chat room, message boards and advice: https://www.childline.org.uk/
Signposting to other Useful Websites:
Barnardo's published their report 'Overcoming Poverty of Hope' by Lianne Smith in July 2019. How would young people respond now?
The sources of information and support identified in this guidance are largely based on general life experiences, unless specific reference is made to COVID-19.
For more detailed information, follow the link: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/coping-with-emotional-and-psychological-trauma.htm
Kooth-site focussed on support for young people. Blogs and journals, web chat with counsellors, community resources:
The Children's Society
Online chat and tips for dealing with coronavirus: