The charity Nip In The Bud has produced a short film and fact sheet to help parents and teachers deal with any potential feelings of apprehension and anxiety that children may experience on returning to school. In this 8 minute film (below) Dr. Jess Richardson, Principal Clinical Psychologist, National & Specialist CAMHS and Maudsley provides important and straightforward advice. There is also an accompanying comprehensive Fact Sheet.
Nip in the Bud provides free resources about mental health awareness for primary school teachers and parents on their website
Other Useful Resources:
- Supporting your child with school anxiety - Young Minds
- Online support service to help children struggling with mental health - Kooth
- Mental health booklet for children and young people in the area - Little Blue Book Of Sunshine
- Coronavirus and going back to school - NHS
Place2Be - children’s mental health charity. For this years Children’s Mental Health Week, Place2Be highlighted the importance of looking after your wellbeing from an early age. This year’s theme is all about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography, and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.
The “I Express Myself Through…” video series sees stars such as Oti Mabuse and Bukky Bakray discuss how they creatively express themselves, and share their tips and advice for children and young people. These videos are aimed at older primary school pupils, and secondary / high school pupils. See the videos
Place2Be also has other useful information on their website
Nervous About Taking A Covid-19 Test ?
For any school pupils nervous about doing COVID-19 tests when they go back to school in March, Abi volunteered to show you what to expect.