At St Mary’s, emotional and physical well- being is of paramount importance and is at the heart of everything we do. Through all aspects of school life we strive to give children the tools to face challenges that they will encounter both now and in the future.
On this page we have collated a range of resources that families can use to support emotional well-being.
We recognise that this time is particularly challenging for children and their families. The resources outlined in this section may be helpful in addressing some of your concerns.
Websites and Services
CAMHS websitehas excellent advice about supporting children at this time. It has links to e-books that help explain the current situation in child friendly terms.
The Mind UK website offers a range of guidance for both adults and young people.
For young people and children who feel they would benefit from immediate support, there is a highly recommended text service called SHOUT .
In difficult times, children and their families could consider contacting childline on 0800 1111 . The Childline website also provides a wealth of information on mental health issues and coping with challenging situations
Tavistock and Portman Hospital has created two videos to support parents of young children/people during
the pandemic. These are short but with good advice and are presented by a child psychotherapist. The
content was brought together as a result of questions from parents.
Understanding social distancing can be difficult and unsettling for young children. This sweet text helps children understand how they can have positive interactions, at a time when giving a hug isn’t always possible.
Supporting Routines at Home
The following resource can help children plan and reflect on their days in a positive manner.
When children return to school they may be slightly apprehensive. It is important that you talk to your child about what they can expect to see and experience at school. Elsa Support has a wonderful story resource to help prepare children for coming back to school.
Discussing Mental Health
Having open conversations about our emotions and mental health can be extremely beneficial for children. The links below take you to videos that help children recognise different emotions and develop their understanding of mental health.
Stories can be incredibly powerful in helping children understand the importance of not giving up; being true to yourself and the value in making mistakes. Here are two of our favourite stories for promoting a growth mind-set.
Click hereto see more examples of stories that support children’s resilience.
Recognising the good things in our lives can be extremely powerful in helping develop positive mental attitudes. Please click the links below to see resources that support positive thinking