As a parent – or anyone with parenting responsibility – you know your child better than anyone. That means you’re probably the first person to know when they’re struggling with an emotional problem, and the first person to help them with it. Here is some advice for parents:
Covid-19 has now had a far reaching impact on people right across the world and
it’s important during this time to take care of your mind as well as your body.
Everyone will be reacting in their own way. You might be feeling frustrated or lonely. Concerned about your finances, your health or relatives. And you might be feeling down, worried or anxious. It is OK to feel like this. These are normal reactions to uncertainty
and to challenging events. Covid-19 has also impacted on many of the normal coping strategies we use to deal with stress, and on the everyday activity that underpins
our emotional wellbeing. During this time, we may need to be more creative and thoughtful about how we look after ourselves.
This booklet contains practical information about things you can do now to look after your
mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support others.
The upcoming Live Forums on Kooth for young people to access during October are as follows with additional information in the leaflet below:
Ø Wednesday 7th October – Supporting World Mental Health Day
Ø Monday 12th October – Living with OCD
Ø Friday 23rd October – Myth Busting: Toxic Masculinity
Ø Wednesday 28th October – Let’s Talk About Black History
Here is a link to 14 days of activities for your child. Each activity is hyperlinked to a resource on the ELSA Support website. Basically this means if you click the BLUE TITLE of each activity it will take you to a page on their website. You can download and print the activity for your children:
South Tyneside Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offers free and impartial information, advice and support to parents/ carers, children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department would be grateful if you could share and circulate this letter amongst parents at your school.
The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing
Contact numbers for ‘Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust’ providing support for mental health and learning disabilities:
The British Red Cross have create a range of resources to help explore loneliness and anxiety through wellbeing activities that help young people be kind to themselves:
Although some children have returned to school already, for many, the new Autumn term will be their first time stepping into a classroom since lockdown began. Understandably, this may be a strange or worrying time for some children, parents and carers, and schools. We know that supporting children’s mental wellbeing during the return to school is a key priority. To help you, we’ve collected together lots of useful resources in this toolkit, all focused on making sure the return to classrooms in the Autumn is a mentally healthy one.
Mentally Healthy Schools have produced a range of resource for parents and carers, featuring activities and tips for how to prepare their child for re-starting school in the Autumn including daily mindfulness activities, a Summer self care activity pack and resources for dealing with worries.
thinkuknow.co.uk is a fantastic website that provides advice and guidance to help raise young people’s awareness of online safety.
There are lots of social media websites and apps that people use to chat, comment, share pictures and game with their friends.
Many parents and carers wonder when is the best age to let their child have a social media account. Some don’t want their children to have underage accounts. Others may have decided their child is not quite ready for social networking, even if their child is begging them. Once children reach secondary school, they’re likely to come under growing peer pressure to stay in touch with friends online.
If you are thinking about social media for your child, what should you consider and how can you help and support them? Follow the link for advice:
In this video we explore social media, the risks and what you can do as a parent of carer to help your child be safe: