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Useful Health Websites
Click the links below to access these helpful and informative health websites -
10 Ways to support social-emotional learning during the pandemic
Social-emotional learning is the term used for a set of skills, attitudes and behaviours that can influence a student’s academic success. It encompasses self-awareness, self-regulation of emotions, social awareness, goal setting and responsible decision-making. This Teachit resource details -
Miss Chauhan, Maths teacher and Mental Health Champion, has set up a new Instagram account devoted to Mental Health, with tips, tricks and guidance to help cope with the change in circumstances and remote learning. Mental Health is so important and now, more than ever, so many people are struggling.
Click here to find out more about the Instagram account and follow - Miss Chauhan on Instagram
Miss Chauhan has created a handy Daily Schedule which students can use to note down everything that is expected of them that day, making sure everything is organised and keeping students motivated. Remote Learning can certainly be confusing, so using this template could be extremely helpful.
Miss Chauhan writes "Take the day step by step, don't think about everything you have to do the whole day. Take it lesson by lesson, task by task, and soon you'll have it all done."
40 things to do during half term
Miss Chauhan has been giving support to students via her Instagram account this week, with quotes and messages of encouragement, guidance for scheduling your day and now compiling new things to try over the half term week.
She says "With half term approaching, some of you may be feeling slightly lost and unsure on what you can do, well I've got you covered." The list includes items that will help you to get outdoors, learn a new hobby, organise a virtual quiz or spend time with family. Let's see how many you can tick off the list! Click below to see the full lists -
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31 Day Wellness Challenge
It's finally the start of March and hopefully some better weather, as Spring is on its way. Returning to school can be really daunting, you won't be the only one feeling anxious about it. It's time to put your mental health first and have a go at this 31 day wellness challenge, each day there is something new to try or something enriching to do. Follow @miss.chauhan1998 to see what she does each day, as she posts about her activities. Click the image below to see a larger version, which you can save.
Children's Mental Health Week
This week, from 1st February until 7th February, is Children's Mental Health Week and the theme is 'Express Yourself'. Expressing yourself can be difficult, but finding ways to share your feelings, thoughts or ideas, can help with your mental health. February's newsletter from Lancashire Mind has more information about Expressing Yourself, along with sleep help and tips. Click the link below to access -
Children's Mental Health Week - Virtual Assembly
As the majority of students are now at home, this virtual assembly will provide an easy way to bring the nation's children together, albeit virtually, with a positive message about the power of creative self-expression. Look out for some famous faces who will be taking part from their own homes. Click the link below to access -
For more information, and activities to enjoy, click the link here - Children's Mental Health Week
Action for Happiness - Friendly February Calendar
We need each other more than ever right now! This month, let's focus on reaching out to connect with others and doing our best to be a good friend. Our acts of kindness and connection ripple out and impact so many more people than we realise - and they also boost our own happy hormones too! In stressful times people around us may be feeling the strain, so let's try to keep calm, take time to listen and show compassion.
Click the link here for the calendar - Friendly February
Websites and apps available to help
We all have mental health, 1 in 4 of us will experience poor mental health. We're here to help you understand and look after your mental health and wellbeing. The new coronavirus that was discovered in December 2019 and causes the COVID-19 illness, has spread around the world and is impacting on the lives of many people. Although COVID-19 is a physical illness, the changes it has brought to our lives is having a big impact on mental health too.
We're all facing a new way of living, working and schooling and everyone will react in different ways to this. It's ok to feel worried, anxious or down. You might be struggling to sleep or, even if you're getting sleep, feeling sluggish and unmotivated. These are normal reactions to being in a situation that is uncertain and difficult to manage. For more information click the links below -
Lancashire Mind - Self Esteem and Talking about mental health
Lancashire Mind have created some helpful leaflets and guides regarding self-esteem and confidence, but also about how to have those difficult conversations about mental health. There is also a helpful go-to guide, full of links from a range of departments and support networks.
- Supporting your child's self-esteem and confidence
- How to support your own self-esteem and confidence
- Talking to your child about their mental health
- Talking to another adult about mental health
- Carr Hill Signposting Guide for support
Lancashire Mind Newsletters
Click the links below to see the current and previous Newsletters from Lancashire Mind, some personalised for Carr Hill students, parents and carers.
Together Workshops with Lancashire Mind
Supporting a young person with their mental health?
The Together Workshops are a safe, respectful and supportive space where parents & carers can share experiences, learn from others and take away new tips & techniques in supporting family wellbeing when your young person is struggling.
Alongside other parents, carers and supporters, you will explore:
- Myths & facts about mental health
- Common signs & symptoms
- Dealing with challenges
- Communication and reflection
- Where to get support locally
- Self care & family wellbeing
- Peer support
The next online workshop is Wednesday 10th February 2021 between 6pm - 8pm. You need to register for a place using the link provided on the poster below.
Our lives have changed significantly over the past weeks and months, and we are all concerned about the health and wellbeing of those around us, at home and at work, as we all adapt to far-reaching changes. The overall uncertainty of the national and global situation is presenting risks to our health and wellbeing, often adversely affecting our physical, mental, financial and social state of being. We are now more likely to be isolated and working differently for the foreseeable future. In these unsettling times, it is important that we work together to support each other.
A reminder about Lancashire MIND's 5 ways to Wellbeing:
- Be active
- Take notice
- Keep learning
Click here for a handy poster to remind you - Five Ways to Wellbeing Poster
This Wellbeing Matters tool will hopefully provide you with useful information to help you to cope with the new challenges you may face - Wellbeing Matters
A message from Lancashire Mind about their designated page regarding Wellbeing -
"Our Wellbeing Passport is designed to support children and young people to tell their story in the way they want to - if a young person is having challenges with their mental health and emotional wellbeing, sometimes they can find it hard to talk about. The Wellbeing Passport is something that gives ownership to the child or young person; they can complete it themselves and then use it to express themselves and share this information with anyone who needs to know, be that their teachers, support workers, GP or anyone else.
During these challenging times due to the coronavirus outbreak, many young people living with mental health conditions, or young people starting to develop signs and symptoms as a result of what’s going on, may really benefit from having their own Wellbeing Passport. It's a resource that it completely free for any young person to use, and you can quickly and easily download and save your own copy from our dedicated web page: www.wellbeingpassport.org.uk. You can also download a guide to completing the Wellbeing Passport."
Free online counselling support for young people is available from Kooth, sign up for free at Kooth.com and you will have access to -
- Free counselling
- Discussion boards
- Help articles
- Self help tools
Virtual sessions are also available and will provide you with a chance to find out more and have your questions answered. Multiple dates are available, you must register, links available here - Kooth poster
CAMHS - Virtual Drop Ins
If you are concerned about your mental health, or someone under 18, advice sessions are available online via a video link with CAMHS.
They run every Wednesday from 3pm - 7pm, starting from Wednesday 2nd December 2020. Instructions of how to access this service are below -
General Mental Health Advice and Information
- Mind Ed - Free e-learning to help adults to identify and understand children and young people with mental health issue
- Mental Health Foundation - Lots of publications on mental health
- Young Minds
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Helpful guides for emotional health
- Resources for emotional wellbeing
- Information about medication for mental health
- Stem 4 - Stemming teenage mental illness
- BBC Bitesize - Support for a range of resources
Helpful websites and helplines for parents/carers
Sleep and Lifestyle Information
- The Sleep Council - Advice for better sleep and about the effects of technology
- NHS - Live Well - Healthy lifestyle advice from NHS
- East Lancs Healthy Minds - Five ways to wellbeing for Children and Young People
- Life Babble by CBBC
- Greater Good Magazine
- Action for Happiness
- UR Potential - Support for families and run youth groups (01253 344398 / Email - LGBT@urpotential.co.uk)
- Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) - information for young people, parents and carers
- Mermaids - A British charity and advocacy organization that supports gender diverse and transgender youth in the United Kingdom
- Albert Kennedy Trust - Supporting homelessness and home life issues
Young Carers and Siblings
- Carers Trust
- Young Sibs – Information and peer support chatroom for siblings of disabled children
Suicide Prevention and Support Resources
- Papyrus - Prevention of young suicide
- Samaritans - Myths about suicide
- Support after Suicide Partnership - Welcome
- Support After Suicide Partnership - Help is at Hand information booklet
- Support After Suicide Partnership - Finding the Words information booklet
- Suicide Bereavement UK
- Samaritans - Support after bereavement from suicide
The Body Coach TV is a YouTube channel with over 250 free home workouts to suit all ages and abilities. Many of them can be completed without equipment and Joe Wicks runs a daily PE lesson of 25 minutes to get everybody active during Lockdown.
HIIT training stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is a form of cardiovascular exercise. Exercise is completed in short bursts or circuits, with a short recovery period built in. Studies have shown that there are many physical and psychological benefits to this style of exercise, it is good for the body, but also brain power, and your body will continue to burn calories for up to 24 hours after you have finished the workout.
Just Dance on YouTube
Just Dance is a motion-based dancing game for games consoles, with many videos featured on YouTube for everyone to be able to access and copy. They have proved very popular with all ages due to the collection of classic and modern songs, each with their own dance choreographies. The viewer learns the dance routine by following the movements of the onscreen avatars, has fun and gets fit all at the same time.
Change4Life - Lockdown Lunches
Free school meal vouchers to spend? Struggling for meal inspiration with the kids at home at the moment? We've got you covered with our simple lunch ideas. Complete with its own shopping list, each set of recipes contains 5 easy, tasty lunches for around £15. Check out 3 weeks' worth of recipes, plus ideas and inspiration for ways to keep lunchtimes fresh until students can go back to school.
You can also sign up to the Change4Life newsletter and get lots of extra tips and ideas to help keep the family happy and healthy.
Contacts in school
Please remember, if you have any concerns about mental health or wellbeing, students or parents/carers, can -
Contact school via email - firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 01772 682008
Contact your Mentor teacher via their email
Contact your Head of Year by email or calling the school office