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Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing

Youth Mental Health first aiders.


                                               Beth Chambers                                       Anna Bayliss



                                                    Ellie Carr                                             Natasha Whitehouse

St Giles Spencer Academy understand the value and importance of promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils. Supporting mental health and wellbeing is embedded within our practice and approaches to teaching and learning and it's environment and resources.

 On this page you will find helpful website links, support symbols and activities you can do at home.

My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!
This beautifully-illustrated storybook, aimed at 6-11 year-olds, explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality. The book was produced through a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector as part of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, co-chaired by WHO. 
Find below a video on the 5 ways to Wellbeing that is made by teenagers who work with animation company Kilogramme to make a short film about what the 5 Ways to Wellbeing mean to them, using their lives and their ideas.
- Encourage your children to look in a mirror when they are happy, sad, scared or angry. This will help them to understand their feelings and emotions.
- You can create your own worry monster or positivity tree.
- Look at a healthy diet, explore different foods and textures. A healthy body makes a healthy mind.
- Go for a walk. This is a great form of exercise and helps to clear the mind and leaves you feeling refreshed. The fresh air will also help to relax the mind. 
Each term a new well-being challenge will be set for pupils at home and at school. These can be things such as:

*      GIVE- smile/ say or sign thank you/ share an object with someone

*      KEEP LEARNING- family homework/ help to cook the tea/ wash the pots

*      BE ACTIVE- walk, jump, dance, play outside

*      TAKE NOTICE- notice the weather- say how it make you feel/ draw a picture of a flower/ a tree/ the weather/ experience the weather- play in water/ sand/ learn the sign for different types of weather

*      CONNECT-  play a game with a friend/ sibling / say hello/ sit next to a peer