Over the past year we have all faced new and difficult challenges and it is because of this that we are revisiting the work that we do to support our communities’ mental health and wellbeing. Support for the mental health and wellbeing of everyone within our community has always been a high priority for us and it sits at the heart of our school’s ethos. We have established systems of support for the children in our school to develop good mental health and wellbeing, including accessing their personal ZUMOS room regularly, sharing concerns through the class worry boxes, thoughts and feelings books or, if they are needing to talk, using the speak out function on ZUMOS to tell someone about how they’re feeling.
It has never been a more important time to speak openly about mental health and wellbeing with children and young people and to encourage them to talk about their feelings with family, friends, and trusted adults. In order to further support the children and encourage this openness we will be introducing the ‘5 Ways To Wellbeing’ programme across the school. The focus of this being to encourage the children for build these 5 easy steps in to their daily lives to help them take good care of their own mental health.
Research tells us that by building five simple ways into our daily lives, this can make a real positive difference to the mental health and wellbeing of both children and adults alike. This can help to build confidence and resilience.
1. CONNECT - talk and listen
2. Be ACTIVE – exercise
3. TAKE NOTICE – appreciate the things around you
4. LEARN – a little new thing each day
5. GIVE – small acts of kindness to others
You may have already heard of the 5 Ways To Wellbeing as this is freely available for parents on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk You can find a copy of the 5 Ways posters along with some top tips and links to helpful websites on the Wellbeing pages of the Belmont website - click HERE to go directly to it. You can also find further information about how to apply the guidance at home at www.youngminds.org.uk/amillionandme.
We hope that you find this guidance useful and that you are able to support your child through discussions and reminders at home.