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children's mental health


Christmas mental health

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for most children but can also cause their mental health and wellbeing to be negatively affected due to the stress, anxiety and busyness that can come with the season. Here are some activities and suggestions for helping children to maintain/build good mental health and wellbeing this Christmas.


The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 (9th - 15th May) was 'Loneliness'. This week is promoted by the Mental Health Foundation and information can be found on their website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

Mr Ollenbuttel presented an assembly with this focus, sharing lots of ways in which to combat feelings of loneliness. You can find the presentation slides below.

The theme of Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 (7th - 13th February) was 'Growing Together'.

Growing Together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’.

As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Check out the free resources for families from the website below.


The Essex Wellbeing Service

This is an early intervention service that supports everyone in Essex to live healthy and socially connected lives. With practical, emotional, health and wellbeing advice, support and signposting they help Essex residents to lead their best possible life and to find the right support at the right time, including support in the community for a range of health, wellbeing and day to day needs – supporting families to adapt to the 'new normal'. This can be accessed here: https://www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk/ 

There are several other sources of information and resources below that parents may find helpful::

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