Health & Wellbeing Resources
During this time of uncertainty, health and wellbeing is more important than ever! Which is why we want all of our followers to be able to access some important resources through our Health & Wellbeing Programme. If your school is affiliated to the Health & Wellbeing Service then you can log into the Health & Wellbeing website here. But don't worry as if you're a parent or a Gateshead school not affiliated to the service we don't want you to miss out and you can access some great Health & Wellbeing resources below!
Mental Health Awareness Week Resources
You will find many wellbeing resources on this page and we have compiled some you may find useful for Mental Health Awareness week in this below section.
Mental Health Foundation - #KindnessMatters
18th-24th May is Mental Health Awareness week and this years theme is kindness. In these uncertain times the Mental Health Foundation recognises being kind to people is very important. You can find a support pack on how to get involved with the week here from the Mental Health Foundation.
The Mental Health Foundation are asking you to get out and do 30 minutes of exercise every single day of the week. You could set yourself a challenge to run every single day or it may be taking part in yoga in your home.
You can find social media graphics here to promote on your school social media pages.
Here is a list of tips to look after your mental wellbeing while working at home from the Mental Health Foundation
BBC Bitesize Parents Support Toolkit
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week BBC Bitesize have extended their parent's toolkit with various tips on how to support your child's wellbeing. You can find advice, support and resources for both primary school children and secondary school children here.
Coronavirus Anxiety Toolkit
Mentally healthy schools have put together a toolkit full of resources every two weeks to help children, parents, staff and carers improve their wellbeing during this difficult time.
Girlguiding UK Thinking Resilient
You can find some great wellbeing resources on the GirlGuiding UK website for teenagers and children here to deal with worries at home.
Following the theme of Kindness, Girl Guides have a random acts of Kindess activity for children and teenagers to try which you can find here.
Here you will find a 'Growing cups of kindness' activity for children aged 4-7 to get involved with as part of the week.
Childline have put together a support page for children feeling worried about the coronavirus. There are tips on how to cope during lockdown on ther website which you can find here.
Childline have a bank of games you can play online to take your mind off things and to keep children busy on different activities. You can find these here.
British Red Cross Kindness Calendar
See below for information on the British Red Cross Kindness calendar for children to use to record their random acts of kindness in the week.
Mentally Healthy Schools
You can find Coronavirus toolkits posted on the Mentally Healthy Schools website every two weeks here which are full of useful links to resources for helping childrens wellbeing through various different activities.
5 WAYS TO WELLBEING
The Five ways to wellbeing are simple things that we can all do to improve our emotional health and wellbeing:
Connect: Spend time with family and friends. Enjoy doing things together and talking to each other.
Be active: It keeps you physically healthy, and makes you feel good
Keep learning: Try something new. Try a new hobby, or learn about something just because it interests you.
Take notice: Take a break to see how you feel. Relax and look around you or listen to music, take a few deep breaths.
Give: Do something for a friend or relation/adult, as well as making them feel good, it can make you feel good too!
Active by POPSUGAR
Free access to over 500 workouts from celebrity trainers and fitness experts across strength, cardio, dance and yoga. They have made Active by POPSUGAR, a paid monthly subscription app with hundreds of workouts, free for a limited time! You can sign up here.
Barclay's Life Skills
Barclay's Likeskills works with young people and their families in helping them prepare for their future and now they want to help families get through this period of uncertainty too. With links to wellbeing charities that are currently offering support, advice around internet safety and fraud and workshops on creating a CV, there are loads of different resources to access. You can find them all on their website here.
British Red Cross
Coronavirus Teaching Pack
The British Red Cross have developed a presentation and five different activities to help KS3 and KS4 students understand the Coronavirus pandemic. These are available on their website here. There are also loads of other home resources that you can access here.
Child Safety Week Resources
For Child Safety Week British Red Cross have designed a new resource which focuses on safety and first aid. Here’s a taster of what you can expect with differentiated activities for primary and secondary learners.
- Safety in the home - think about the dangers in the home and learn some simple first aid skills to help with a bleed, burn or head injury.
- Sharing skills - what new skills have been learned in lockdown? Encourage children and young people to share their skills with a sibling or parent with these creative ideas.
- Looking to the future - What can we learn from this experience? What are our hopes for the future? Get creative with writing and drawing.
The whole family can also learn some simple first aid skills through their brand-new learning site, First aid champions.
Kindness Calendar & Activities
Things may feel unsettled right now, but one thing is clear: small acts of kindness can make a difference. There has certainly been an outpouring of kindness across the country and young people can play their role too.
British Red Cross have developed a kindness calendar to help young people learn about the importance of being kind to themselves and encourage them to share their kindness with others. There are also various activities to accompany the calendar. Here is an example of some activities that you could do to populate your kindness calendar:
- Spend time together – could you spend more time together as a family? Perhaps play a game or cook a family meal?
- Stay in touch. Encourage your learners to get in touch with other members of their class or wider family. Ask them what they are finding most difficult about lockdown? What are they enjoying? What are they looking forward to when this is over? Could your class help tackle what they are finding difficult?
- Keep active – helps to lift the mood and bring energy. Could your class help their family to learn a new skill, like dancing?
- Time to reflect – look back at the week and the kind acts. What are you proud of? Could you introduce a rewards initiative for your class’ kind acts? Use your kindness calendar to record acts of kindness.
- Messages of kindness - During the crisis there has been an outpouring of kindness. Using real-life examples, learners will consider the power of kind messages, think how they can be kind and write and share their own kind message. Download messages of kindness.
- Living together with kindness - This stressful time can lead to household tensions. Exploring active listening skills will help learners defuse household tensions during lockdown. Download living together with kindness.
- Stories of resilience - Being resilient means being able to adapt to these changes. Using real-life stories learners will consider how we can become resilient and help our communities to be resilient too. Download stories of resilience.
- A history of kindness - Using posters from the Red Cross museum archive we present the first of our own museum colouring activities. Learn about the history of the Red Cross and ease stress with this mindful activity. Download a history of kindness.
You can find additional kindness calendar activities here.
Childline Calm Zone
Childline have created a calm zone on their website where children can find acitivites to help them relax if they feel anxious or worried at any point. The activities can help cheer them up or just help fill in their day at home. You can find it all here.
Dave The Dog
We know at this current time it can be very scary for children as their normal routine has changed so suddenly. Here is a short free book by Nurse Dotty Books for children which opens up the conversation on the Corona Virus and provides information in a manner children will understand.
Five Day First Aid - #ACTFASTCHALLENGE
Act Fast First Aid Training have produced a five-day first aid challenge for the whole family to complete together. Each day you will learn new first aid skills and there is also a daily challenge to complete in your own time. You can find the Challenge document here.
Food a Fact of Life
Between the 30 March and the 1 September 2020, Food A Fact of Life will be posting activity ideas and resources to support remote learning about food at home. These are for parents/carers, teachers and pupils! You can find their website here.
Mindfulness & Wellbeing Apps
Calm is a wellbeing and mindfulness app that lets you create a 'happier, healthier you'. You can find out more and create an account on their website here.
Headspace as an app that focusses on the benefits of meditation. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple, teaching you life-changing mindfulness skills in just a few minutes a day. You can find out more and create an account on their website here.
NHS - Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters is a new campaign from Public Health England to help people at home. The website is there to help you manage and maintain your mental health as a good mental health can make all the difference. Every Mind Matters gives you simple advice to get a healthier mind. The website covers low mood, stress, anxiety and how to deal with sleep problems. This advice can help you learn to help others. This may be your children or staff in your school that you work with. You can find everything on the website here. The website also promotes some free apps that are helpful to use in these times such as 'Active 10' and 'Easy Meals'. Find out more here.
North East Autism Society - Autism Acceptance Week
North East Autism Society (NEAS) are celebrating turning 40 this year and instead of just raising awareness they're going back on the road for Autism Acceptance Week! Thursday 2nd April is Autism Acceptance Day and seen as everyone will be celebrating this from home this year NEAS have put together a great home pack with loads of fun resources and activities to get involved with! They've also created their very own Autism Acceptance website and it is now LIVE here! Visit the website to find Autism Acceptance articles, fitness videos, mindfulness tools, virtual events and even some online games to stay entertained during Autism Acceptance Week! You can find out more about North East Autism Society and Autism Acceptance on their website here.
Infinity Loop Design
Create a gold infinity loop to put up in your window for #AutismAcceptance! Grab some paper (or card) and draw an infinity loop. Colour it in gold with a pencil / crayon / felt tip pen / paint / gel pen – or anything you can find around the house. Put your gold infinity loop up in the window and send a picture of it in an email to Sophie.Clarke@ne-as.org.uk!
NSPCC Learning Resources
The NSPCC have loads of different resources on their website that you can access here. From CPD courses around online e-safety of children to advice and resources on how to handle difficult conversations with children around sensitive topics, there are also loads of different teaching resources and lesson plans available.
PSHE Home-Learning Lessons & CPD Courses
The PSHE Association is the association for PSHE teachers, leads and other practitioners. However during this unprecedented time they have turned their hand to producing PSHE resources that parents can now use at home! From lessons on maintaining healthy sleep routines to dental hygiene, they are all accessible here and there is plenty more to come! They have also produced a guide for Parents and Carers to access to support the teaching from home as well as information on how to adapt lessons for learning at home.
For those PSHE staff and schools PSHE Leads, the PSHE Association are also running a new webinar series for their members to support remote learning and working from home. To become a member of the PSHE Association or book into one of the webinars click here.
StretchWell is a quick and easy routine of desk exercises following an instructed video developed by South Tees Public Health. The videos are a combination of stretches and mobility movements that encourages you to mobilise the body after long periods of time sitting at your desk - perfect for working from home! There are different videos for different sections of the body which can be done any time of the day. You can access these videos at their Youtube channel here.
Sport Relief Conversation Starter
Sport relief have teamed up with Time to Change to create a resource to get young people talking more about how they feel. You can find the coversation starter activity here.
Teachappy have launched free webinars for teachers! Teachers can access these webinars via the teachappy website here. Teachappy also have loads of mindfulness lessons available through their Youtube channel here.
Tougher Minds - Resources for Staff Wellbeing
There are some great free resources that can be found here for staff to use to help improve wellbeing while working from home. These free resouces include a webinar, audio masterclass and weekly challenges.