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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.”

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.

Children's Mental Health Week, 2022- February 7th-13th

This year's theme is Growing Together.

We’re encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow.  

The children will be doing activities throughout the week, both inside and outside the classroom.

This Mental Health and Wellbeing video link explains the theme very well. 




Growing Together | Childrens Mental Health Week 2022

Growing together for Children's Mental Health Week 2022. Join Sam on Twinkl Kids TV as she tells us all about how we can grow together and how important chil...

Below is a simple Mindfulness Calendar which you might like to use with your children. It gives a range of mindful activities to support positive mental health for this week and next (there are 5 simple activities suggested as being for Monday to Friday, but which can be used on any day). Each suggested activity on the calendar, links to a set of simple instructions to help you to practice this mindful task with your child or children.


We hope that you can enjoy these together. They are equally good for adults!

Children's Mental Health Week 2022 Calendar

"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"

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.

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.


Conversation starters for supporting childrens mental health

This month's theme is all about optimism - setting small and manageable goals to help us feel that we keep moving forward and achieving things! The calendar is full of ideas!

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

Future of Faringdon, Including all, Supporting everyone to grow