Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being
Lockdown - February 2021
Lockdown - January 2021
After the recent announcement regarding the lockdown we want to acknowledge what an incredibly difficult time this is for all our families. Many who are at home with their children will be finding remote learning a struggle; those with children in school may well be concern about transmission as well as potentially putting themselves at risk in their own workplace.
There are many support groups out there, that were created during the first lockdown, that will hopefully assist you if you need any special help, assistance or purely the provide the odd journey to the Pharmacy or Supermarket on your behalf.
Please don't sit and think there is no help for you and that you are all alone, please do contact someone for help. We know not everyone has family and friends to help out.
Our Family Support Worker – Dawn Courtney - will be available for advice throughout the lockdown period.
Contact can be made via email – Dawn.Courtney@stcmat.org
Additional points of contact:
Contact your local Council, they will put you in touch with their specific group - in Exeter we have the Exeter Community Wellbeing "Group" - 01392 265000 M-F, 9.00-17.00 hrs;
Your local NHS - NHS Volunteer Responders - 0808 196 3646 Seven Days a Week, 8.00-20.00 hrs;
Community Builders, ECI - there are twelve around the city wards, check which one covers your area for their contact details, and they will be more than happy to help you with information or assistance - https://communitybuilders.eci.org.uk/team/
Nextdoor Exeter's own "Help Map" - click on the map in the top right-hand corner or on the category "Help Map" on the left-hand side of the page. Here, our neighbours have volunteered to help their communities in various ways, just click on their details and send them a message.
Please do be patient if you cannot get through first time, all the Emergency Services, Volunteers, Helpers and others are only human and do suffer from staff shortages, sickness and other such situations too!
There are some fantastic online resources to help with mental health and wellbeing:
- http://kooth.com– free online support for young people
- http://www.youngminds.org.uk/ – the voice for young people’s mental health and well being
- https://www.minded.org.uk/ – bite-sized chunks designed to support mental health
- http://mentalhealth.org.uk/ – Mental Health Foundation
- EH4MH – 10 a day
- EH4MH – 10 a day scale
- EH4MH- Animals
- Living life to the full for young people
At St Leonard's CofE Primary School we take the mental health and wellbeing of all of our pupils and staff very seriously.
Below you can find information to support in understanding mental health and wellbeing - as well as some links to activities and guidance.
The Seven Confident Thoughts of Confident People
- The world is a pretty safe place
- I can cope with most things
- Bad things don’t usually happen to me
- Bad things don’t often pop up out of the blue
- I have some control over the things that happen to me
- People are pretty nice really
- Other people respect me
In school, we have introduced these to all children to support positive mental health and to support resilience around anxieties.