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children's mental health


The theme of Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 (6th - 12th February) was 'Let's Connect'. Let’s Connect is about making meaningful connectionsHuman beings thrive in communities, and this connection is vital for our wellbeing. When we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing. And when our need for rewarding social connections is not met, we can sometimes feel isolated and lonely – which can have a negative impact on our mental health. 

You can find out more about this theme and get resources for parents/carers on the official CMHW site: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

Mr Ollenbuttel started off our week at school with an assembly on this theme (and also referenced Safer Internet Day which took place on 7th February). You can view the presentation below.


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 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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