Signs That Your Child Might Be Struggling with Their Mental Health

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In this episode:

Signs That Your Child Might Be Struggling with Their Mental Health.

The Resilience Ladder

Support Suggestions for SEND Wellbeing

Watch the Invisible Suitcase Video to Help Children Cope with Grief & Bereavement

Print off this A-Z Poster to Help Nurture Your Child’s Well-being


This week is all about Mental Health and Wellbeing!  Here are some helpful links, activities and suggestions to help you and your child with your mental health.

Young Minds ? Click Here

We have a decisive view from a detailed strategic review of what needs to change and the role we can play in making that change.

We are leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

It takes courage to ask for help. But for many young people who do, the support they need just isn’t there.

In the UK today, an estimated five children in every classroom has a mental health problem. A quarter of 17-year-old girls have self-harmed in the last year, while suicide remains the single biggest killer of boys and young men. But things can get better.

We provide young people with tools to look after their mental health. We empower adults to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives. And we give young people the space and confidence to get their voices heard and change the world we live in.

Together, we can create a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health. Join our movement. ?


Dr Chris Moore ? Click Here

A blog with an “A to Z” of a nurturing home-school environment, with ideas for the key principles needed for supporting social & emotional well-being. Nurture is more important than ever as we recover from #COVID


Nicola Stewart on Twitter @sch_counsellor – a school counsellor ? Click Here

Signposting for support services, single parents, free audio books, the Resilience Ladder, support for SEND, mental health support for Autism, story time videos


Child Bereavement Charity ? Click Here

Watch the new animation, based on ‘The Invisible Suitcase’ by author Ian Woodroffe which aims to help bereaved children – and adults – understand grief and help manage their feelings. Follow Child Bereavement Charity on Twitter @cbukhelp or #InvisibleSuitcase @iansourdough.

We help children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. We also provide training to professionals, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.


Tara Copard  – Scavenger Hunt Poster  ? Click Here



Wendy White’s My Mood Stars  ? Click Here  also on Sue Atkins Recommends here

Tactile Toys and a Highly Effective Developmental Resource

The eight My Mood Stars enable children to immerse themselves in imaginative play, either by themselves or with others. This offers a fun opportunity for children to talk about how they are feeling. The Stars, Timid, Sad, Angry, Happy, Sleepy, Surprised, Scared, and Silly can be used to set the scene for endless stories and games to be played with a downloadable activity sheet.


Check out Molly Potter Books ? Click Here in The Sue Atkins Book Club

The first books Molly had published were in creative thinking, problem-solving and personal, social and health education (PSHE) and aimed at teachers. Later, she moved on to write picture books that help young children with tricky emotions and situations. Her honest, open, down-to-earth approach leaves children informed and reassured.

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Home learning isn’t the same as Homeschooling & Homeschooling isn’t the same as mainstream schooling, and nor should it try to be!

Both have things the other can’t offer.

As a former Deputy Head & Class Teacher for over 22 years you can’t always do what teachers do in a classroom at the kitchen table, and vice versa.

So, just work within your resources and abilities, and prepare to be flexible, you are not a teacher so cut yourself & your kids some slack.

Try not to be swayed by what other parents are doing.  Just because your sister has posted a jam-packed timetable detailing the French verbs her children will be learning before breakfast,  doesn’t mean this will work for you!

You know your children better than anyone else.  Chances are you already know what motivates them and what excites them.  Use this to your advantage and tailor your approach to bring out the best in your kids – focus on your child’s well-being first and foremost & relax & have fun together.

These are strange times indeed. don’t worry about your child missing out or falling behind if you’re muddling through, full of questions and doubts.

If it all gets too much, curl up on the settee and read a book together!

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