At the Crossways Schools, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is important and that we all have a role to play.
At Crossways we:
We offer different levels of support:
Whole school support– To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience and growth mind-sets.
Additional support– For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support– For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as well-being groups or personal discussions/meetings.
Lead staff members for Mental health and well-being
Mrs Ayotte Reader (Junior School) and Miss Toms (Infant School)
Specialist TA for Mental health and well-being
Mrs Ivett (Junior School) and Miss Meaton (Infants)
Children’s Mental Health and Well-being link Governor
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zh9v382 Parents’ Toolkit: SEND
Shout: www.giveusashout.org – 24-hour text support, start your text with CONNECT – Parent support
Other useful resources
Everybody worries (online book – Oxford Owl) https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx
Mindfulness / glitter jar – this can be used on its own or with one of the resources below https://www.developgoodhabits.com/mindfulness-jar/
Take 5 breathing cards http://www.safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk/covid-anxiety-stress-resources-links/
Soak in a Positive Moment http://www.safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk/covid-anxiety-stress-resources-links/
Wheel of Well-Being https://www.wheelofwellbeing.org/wow-yourself
Other resources can be found on the links below, as well as in the attachments section at the bottom of the page.
Kindness Matters – Mental Health Foundation – Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
Social media (online safety and well-being)
Please find more information about helping your child/children stay safe online here: https://www.crosswaysschools.co.uk/cjs/e-safety
Importance of sleep
Positive Body Image
Covid-19 – useful websites
Parenting for Lifelong Health has developed a suite of online parenting resources during COVID-19. It includes information on topics like keeping calm and managing stress, talking about Covid-19, learning through play and much more, this is available in 90 different languages. You can access the resources at: https://www.covid19parenting.com/
http://teacher.scholastic.com/education/pdfs/FirstAidForFeelings_Eng.pdf A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic
https://counseling.northwestern.edu/blog/coping-isolation-loneliness-coronavirus-pandemic/ For parents: Strategies for coping with isolation and loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic
Supporting mental health in the return to school – tips for parents is provided by : Supporting family wellbeing – https://www.jwbridgethegap.com/