As many of you will be aware, every year in the Lent term we celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week; this year the theme was ‘Find your Brave’ and we asked all the children to be courageous like Maisie!

Next week (18th-23rd May) is the national Mental Health Awareness Week for adults.  The theme is ‘Kindness’, which fits perfectly with our school motto ‘to do our best for the benefit of others’.  It also links with our own theme of the fortnight – Values – as we will be asking children to reflect (like Ollie Owl) on their own values at this time.

Kindness to Others: 

Kindness and mental health are deeply connected; indeed giving is one of the five ways to wellbeing. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

At this difficult time, we are seeing many examples of kindness through our school, as people go above and beyond to make a positive difference for the members of their school and to the local community.  The marvelous ways in which our children are developing their ideas for our Unite challenge shows how many of them want to give to others.

In the next week please do think about ways that you can show kindness to others and let Mrs Payne know if you have any ideas for the Unite Challenge.

Kindness to Yourself:

Mentalhealth.org are challenging us all in May to spend 30 minutes being active for ourselves. This would be a great challenge to start next week and carry on into May half term. Here are some suggestions they have for this:

  • HIIT, Pilates, Yoga – whatever exercise floats your boat that day.
  • Walking – it’s great to try and get some fresh air everyday, so why not incorporate this into your challenge?
  • Baking – get your sweat on in the kitchen by cooking up a storm.
  • Gardening – this can be a great workout too!
  • Ultimately, you can get creative in this challenge by taking on whichever form of movement makes you happy (personally we think dancing in your kitchen is a good one!)

Supporting your children as Lockdown continues:

We all know that our emotions are all over the place at this time and many of us are seeing this in our children too. The uncertainty over how long they will be staying home, missing friends and family members and, for some, fear of Covid can cause our children to have anxious and down days.  Here are some useful resources that you could use to help both you and your children over the next couple of weeks.  If you are finding it hard at home with your children and need further support, please do let us know by contacting lpayne@vinehallschool.com.

Below are a number of links to different activities that you can do with your children, as well as some helpful advice:

Isolation activities

Keeping anxious children calm

 Advice on talking to children about Covid

Anxiety thermometer

Sentence starters for children who find expressing their feelings difficult