Mental Health and Well-being
We take the well-being of our children, staff and our parents very seriously. If you think you might need a little extra support please contact the school and we can either try and help out directly our put you in touch with someone we hope should be able to help. Please note you might have to paste the e-mail addresses below into your messenger service.
Our Pastoral Manager: Laura.Taylor@william-alvey.lincs.sch.uk
Our Headteacher: Stephen.Tapley@william-alvey.lincs.sch.uk
Some well-being resources recommended by the LDBE
Professionals, young people and parents/carers can call Lincolnshire Here4You line on 0800 234 6342 for advice and/or self-referral to our children and young people mental health/emotional wellbeing services. The advice line is open 24/7. Further details can be found here: https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/young-people/lincolnshire/contact-us
Our Counsellor, Rachel brought in her therapy dog today 2.2.22
Children's Mental Health Week
The Calming Hand
What is it?
Often shared by mental health professionals, this technique is used to encourage relaxation or slow breathing during a panic attack. The Calming Hand basically uses each finger as a reminder for certain breathing and relaxation prompts.
“Its beautiful simplicity means that even in public and heightened arousal, it’s easy to recall and reference,” explains Lee Chambers, environmental psychologist and well-being consultant.
How to do it
Forget using fingers for counting. Here, each digit prompts an action that will help calm racing thoughts and help you breathe.
How it helps with anxiety and stress:
It may seem simple, but breathing can really influence the body as a whole. “Deep breathing… encourages full oxygen exchange, which can slow our heart rate and stabilize our blood pressure,” Chambers explains. Plus, “focusing on the breath helps us disengage from distraction and stressors.”
But other aspects of the technique are beneficial, too. “Squeezing your thumb provides a level of comfort and control, and you also stimulate visuals and touch,” Chambers notes. “By focusing on numerous senses… we are more likely to move away from what is currently making us stressed.”
Sighing also activates hearing and encourages tension to melt away, while concentrating on the hand itself encourages us to remain in the present.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDERS
We have a mental health first aider in school.
Please note you might need to paste the e-mail address above into your messenger service.
A message from Jane Impey-TAC
We know that the holidays can be a stressful time for families, and sometimes adult relationships can become strained. Most parents, whether together or apart, find it difficult at times to minimise the impact on children when there are arguments or tense relationships. There are people and resources that can help, and we want all families in Lincolnshire to know about them.
Lincolnshire County Council are working with the National charity OnePlusOne so that parents, carers, and the professionals that work with them can have access to online advice, support and information.
Some of the resources that are available are:
• See it differently – a website designed to help parents recognise the impact of conflict on children and offer advice on how to do things differently.
• ‘Just the One?’ is for pregnant people and their partners. It helps couples understand why it’s important to avoid alcohol during pregnancy, and how they can manage stress in other ways. They will learn coping and communication skills to help them deal with stressful situations, through an engaging mix of videos, animations, and interviews from parents who have experienced similar challenges.
Find out more here - https://www.oneplusone.org.uk/what-we.../digital-resources
The following are short mini courses that you and your partner could access together to help you work through communication difficulties, these can all be accessed easily yourselves by clicking on this link - http://lincolnshire.opo.org.uk you will need to register on the site to use it but its totally free once you’ve done this. If you feel you need some help to work through any of these courses, any professional you have a trusting relationship with could help you.
• Me, You and Baby Too – Helping new and expectant parents cope with changes to their relationship when they become parents, and learn how to cope with stress and conflict constructively.
• Arguing better – raising awareness of the impact that parental conflict can have on children, and helping parents develop better ways of managing stress and arguments.
• Getting it Right for Children - supporting separated or separating parents and helping them to avoid the harmful situation of their children getting caught up in the middle of their conflict.
Mental Health Support from the NHS
These are some services available to support adults and children struggling with mental health.
Some other useful sites:
NHS Recommended Sleep Times
Babies 4 to 12 months old
Toddlers 1 to 2 years old
Children 3 to 5 years old
Children 6 to 12 years old
Teenagers 13 to 18 years old
Place2Be's new parenting tool Parenting Smart. https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk
It offers free practical advice for parents on managing children's behaviour and supporting their mental health across different topics and scenarios.
The Samaritans can help
Child Bereavement UK