Mental Health & Wellbeing

Here are a few links and resources that might be of use in supporting your own, your family’s or your children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing during the current epidemic and lockdown.

If there is anything you are worried about, you can email the teachers, the office or Mrs Weeks. Alternatively, you can contact the other members of the Designated Safeguarding Team, Mrs Cork & Miss Teager, through the school office.

Useful Contacts
Childline 0800 1111 Call any time from 9am to midnight to speak to a Childline counsellor.
School Nurse 07507 332473 Text for advice and support from a qualified nurse on issues such as eating, sleep bedwetting, etc.

Activities to Do With Children

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Seven Days of Kindness Calendar from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

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Free resources from ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) website to help children with the emotional impact of coronavirus and lockdown

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Free weekly resources from The Big Life Journal, a journal to build growth mindset, a positive outlook, confidence, resilience and high self-esteem in children

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FREE sports and activities from local Sussex providers via Youtube. Why not try something different, and keep fit during the lockdown!

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Random acts of Kindness from the Mental Health Foundation

To Discuss Covid-19 with Children

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Fun games and teaching resources about microbes and antibiotics

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Twelve well-known characters from Julia Donaldson books encourage people to stay home during the crisis

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A book about Coronavirus aimed at children, illustrated by Alex Scheffler

Support for Parents & Carers

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Fegans is a Christian charity which has worked with St John’s Meads for a number of years on championing mental health in the children and families it supports. Fegans have launched the Family Hub, an online wealth of articles, advice and resources

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Child Therapy Service is an Eastbourne based non-profit that aims to enhance the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children under 14 years old. Get in touch with Tracy Chadwick or browse the free resources under the Emotional Toolbox tab on her website

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NHS Every Minds Matters – Looking after Children and Young People During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Open for Parents supports parents with managing your child’s behaviour, supporting their development or their emotional wellbeing or you want support and advice to help build a positive relationship with your child

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Holding Space provides a safe, confidential space for anyone who needs support with their or their family’s mental health.  During this difficult time, Holding Space is offering video drop-ins via zoom 3 times a week.

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BBC Bitesize Parents' Toolkit: SEND

Useful Contacts
CLASS+ (Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service) Advice Line 01273 336887 Open Mondays 10am to 1pm for advice and support. Call anytime throughout the week and leave your details for a call back.
ISEND Parents and Carers Helpline 01273 481967 Families of SEND children can call and leave your name, number and a brief description of the kind of support you are looking for and need. An EP (Educational Psychologist) will call you back between 2pm and 4pm on the next Monday, Wednesday or Friday available.

Further Support & Resources

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C-Zone

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Mind

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The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families