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Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Health and Wellbeing at Gateway Academy

At Gateway Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our whole community. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and, at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  

 At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better                             
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks 

 What is mental health?

Talking Mental Health from the National Centre for Children and Families 

 

When should you seek help?

There are common life events that may affect you or your child’s mental wellbeing. These situations are often beyond our control. When our wellbeing is affected and we do not feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns. This can stop us from enjoying and coping with our daily lives.

  • Loss or bereavement
  • Loneliness
  • Health issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Worries and issues at school
  • Worries about money or housing
  • COVID 19 anxieties and worries     

 

5 Ways to wellbeing

There are 5 steps we can take to improve our mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help us feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.

 

Find out more information by watching this video https://youtu.be/yF7Ou43Vj6c

How we can help

At Gateway Academy, we offer different levels of support:

Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.

Additional support - For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences, such as bereavement.  

Targeted support - For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources, or specific targeted interventions, such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.

 

Our Designated Wellbeing Lead is Mrs Cleary. We also work with other organisations to ensure that children at Gateway get the support that they need.

Some of these organisations are:

 

 

 

https://www.annafreud.org/

 

Self-Care for Children:  https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

 

 

Five ways to wellbeing

Here are the links to video resources for parents.

  1. Mental Health Awareness for Parents
  2. Self-care Parent’s workshop
  3. Anxiety Workshop
  4. Transition and Anxiety
  5. Low Mood
  6. Behavioural Difficulties

 

 

 

 

Early Help, Inclusion Pilot Project

 

 

A really helpful website that includes downloadable self-help activities, information guides, videos and more 

 

https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk

 

 

 

A specialist charity that supports boys and men along the path to becoming dynamic future men

 

A charity that works with children and young people aged 3 to 18 who would benefit from additional support and opportunities 

 

Websites and Telephone Helplines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Minds - Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

 

A Guide to Finding Help

 

Find Your Feet - Transition Tips for Parents

 

 

 

Childline - Call 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.

 

Childline website

 

 

 

 

 

This is a free texting service for anyone in crisis


 

 

 

CALM Helpline Confidential support for men, 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight, free

Call 0800 58 58 58

The Calm Zone

National Domestic Abuse Helpline Free, confidential, 24 hour helpline

Call 0808 2000 247

Mencap

Parent's Protect

 

Calming Activities, Mindfulness, Breathing, Yoga Videos and More...

Childline Calm-Zone

An Activity for Grounding and Calming

Just Breathe (A video aimed at children to help them feel calmer)

150 Sensory Learning Ideas

'100 positive things every kid needs to hear'

 

 

 

Supporting your child during the coronavirus outbreak

Government guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health during the coronavirus

'Many ways to share a hug' - Social Story

Ten tips for talking to your child

How to tell children and young people that someone is seriously ill A lovely, printable 14-day mindfulness activity challenge

Dr Chris and Dr Xand are here to tell you why the coronavirus might not be as scary as it sounds.

My 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule (A great printable resource for children)

 

Coronavirus: A Book For Children | Illustrated by Axel Scheffler | Read Aloud by Hugh Bonneville

This hugely popular free information book explains the coronavirus to children aged five to ten, with illustrations by The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

The book answers key questions in simple appropriate language:

  • What is the coronavirus?
  • How do you catch the coronavirus?
  • What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
  • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
  • Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
  • Why are some places we normally go to closed?
  • What can I do to help?
  • What’s going to happen next?

Watch the book being read aloud by Hugh Bonneville 

 

Action for Happiness - Coping Calendar