At Lever Edge Primary Academy, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. All children go through ups and downs during their school career and some face significant life events.
Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
Below are some useful websites that support mental health and wellbeing:
Bolton Council have a section with lots of links to different organisations that can help with ideas to improve your health and wellbeing.
Action For Happiness How to keep yourself happy
Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Childline’s website has a useful ‘calm down’ zone, with activities which aim to help children feel better when they are feeling anxious, scared or sad.
Brainpop Lots of short educational videos for children on the corona virus
Elsa Lots of free resources, stories and activities
Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online support for young people aged 10-25
Parent Club is full of useful hints, tips and advice on parenting
ACTION FOR HAPPINESS CALENDER
We need each other more than ever right now! This month let's focus on reaching out to connect with others and doing our best to be a good friend. Our acts of kindness and connection ripple out and impact so many more people than we realise - and they also boost our own happy hormones too! In stressful times people around us may be feeling the strain, so let's try to keep calm, take time to listen and show compassion.