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Mental Health and Wellbeing

We know that life can be really challenging for both children and adults and that sometimes this can affect our wellbeing and mental health. At Faringdon Infant School we firmly believe that being mentally healthy is needed for us to cope with day to day life and needs to be prioritised in order for children to be ready for any other learning. On this page we will be sharing ideas about how to support your mental health and to help us all in wellbeing - being well. 

What is Mental Health

We all have mental health. Mental health is about our feelings, our thinking, our emotions and our moods. Looking after our mental health is important. We all have ‘small’ feelings every day. These sometimes feel strong and overwhelming, whether happy or sad, but they go away before too long. Sometimes we experience ‘big’ feelings: These feel strong and overwhelming for a long time. They stop us doing what we want to in our lives. You could watch the video below to help think about these feelings.

 

How can help my child’s mental health?

1. Make conversations about mental health a normal part of life: Anywhere is a good place to talk; in the car, walking the dog or cooking together. Model everyday talk about feelings such as by talking about a TV character’s feelings.

2. Give your full attention: We all know it’s horrible to be half listened to. Keep eye contact, focus on the child and ignore distractions.

3. Check your body language: Try to keep it open and relaxed and make sure you come down to the child’s level.

4. Take it seriously: Don’t downplay what the child is saying or tell them they’re “just being silly”. Resist the urge to reassure them that everything is fine.

5. Ask open questions: Such as “How did your day go today?” This will help to extend the conversation.

6. Calmly stay with the feelings that arise: It can be our automatic reaction to steer away from difficult emotions.

7. Offer empathy rather than solutions: Show that you accept what they are telling you but don’t try to solve the problem.

8. Remember we are all different: Respect and value the child’s feelings, even though they may be different to yours.

9. Look for clues about feelings: Listen to the child’s words, tone of voice and body language.

10. Some ways to start a conversation about feelings might be: “How are you feeling at the moment?” “You don’t seem your usual self. Do you want to talk about it?” “I’m happy to listen if you need a chat.”

This month's theme is all about resilience and understanding how we can build skills that will help us to bounce back

Big and Small Emotions

A short video all about BIG and small emotions. Watch this to help you think about and talk about how you feel and know when to ask for some help.

Being a part of something bigger than ourselves and focusing on things that we value is key to our wellbeing. So let's take time to reflect on what we care about this month and keep these things at the front of our minds as our societies begin to open up again.

Daily actions to help you be more mindful and live in the moment.

Daily actions to help you connect with others and spread kindness.

Taking Care of Your Wellbeing during Lockdown

This 'Calm Me Time' link comes from our JIGSAW program, where we teach your children how to have a few minutes peaceful time. We think it may be useful for any family member to listen to and help them to relax and let go of their worries or concerns.

Just click on the link and listen.

Jigsaw-Free-Calm-Me-Time-at-Home.mp3

Mindfulness can be calming and help children to focus on what is happening in their mind and body. Try this activty at a calm quiet time.

Conversation starters for supporting childrens mental health

"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)

In this short film, watch and hear from children learning to use mindfulness to navigate complex feelings. "Just Breathe"

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