To mark World Mental Health Day, the Government published its annual state of the nation report focussing on the wellbeing of children and young people in England and the United Kingdom over the period of March to August 2020. This report brings together a range of published data on the health and wellbeing of children and young people to help the Government, schools, colleges and parents better understand children and young people’s experiences during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This report suggests that returning to school or college is likely to be playing a vital role in improving the mental wellbeing of many pupils by easing some of the main worries identified in the research: time off from education, being isolated from friends, fewer opportunities to be more physically active and access to pastoral support.
"Extra mental health support for pupils and teachers"
Links to sites offering reassurance to young people about Covid-19.
Other Useful Websites and Resources:
School Wellbeing Services: We are aware that many young people and families are experiencing worries about the current situation. This is our Helpful Workbooks to give children positive activities to consider for their emotional wellbeing:
Different children will deal with situations in different ways. There's no 'one size fits all' solution to supporting kids through the pandemic, so make sure you have regular chats to scope how they're coping. SWS have developed a primary and secondary ‘managing uncertainty’ workbook:
This leaflet, which is specifically designed for pupils, explains what stress is, the causes of stress and how it can be reduced. Using child-friendly language, this leaflet is suitable to be given to pupils in order to help them understand and manage the emotions they may experience.