WELLBEING- 'Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Us'
Welcome to our WELLBEING page:
'Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Us'.
On this page we will share websites and resources that you may find useful including resources for emotional wellbeing and staying healthy and active.
At Prospect Hill Junior School we promote the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ approach which is all about how positive actions can contribute to and boost feelings of wellbeing. Each of these actions or ways will have a beneficial impact. Here are some activities you can try at home that link to each area. Have fun and let us know how you get on with them.
Connect: Keep in touch with family/friends, play games together, listen to music that reminds you of special times, share old photos/memories.
Be Active: Walk, dance, jog, create football challenges, play hide and seek, complete jobs around the house, circuit training.
Take Notice: Spend time outside every day, observe nature, try yoga, be creative, look up at the night sky.
Keep Learning: Watch a new film, read a book, learn a new fact, cook or bake, share a skill, try something different.
Give: Time to relax, help someone with a job, call someone to check they are doing ok, give someone a hug.
Prospect Hill Junior School are proud to have both a trained ELSA and Mental Health First Aider.
What is an ELSA?
The aim of an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) is so that your child feels happy in school and are reaching their full potential by reducing any barriers they may have to their learning.
An ELSA will try to help your child to understand their emotions and encourage them to respect the feelings of others around them.
The majority of ELSA work is delivered on a one to one basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in areas of social and friendship skills.
Sessions are fun and use a range of activities, recourses, puppets, games, and exciting art and crafts to support development.
Elsa takes place in a calm and caring safe space.
Our fabulous ELSA area!
We aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:
- Recognising emotions
- Social skills
- Friendship skills
- Anger management
- Parental separation and divorce
- Loss and bereavement
How does an ELSA work?
Remember ELSAs are not there to fix children’s problems. What we are able to do is provide emotional support.
Planned sessions provide the child with coping strategies to allow them to develop new skills to manage and regulate their own emotions.
Children are usually referred by their class teacher the child usually sees the ELSA once a week following a 6-8 week plan.
You can appreciate that change cannot necessarily be achieved rapidly and is dependent upon the context and complexity of the presenting issue.
More complex issues can be sign posted to outside agencies.
This is the link for a beautiful online book called ‘The Book of Hopes’ edited by Katherine Rundell. It contains more than 110 short stories, poems and pictures by children’s writers and illustrators including Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson. It is dedicated to everyone currently working in hospitals.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families supports the mental health of infants, young people and adults.
For more information visit: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/
Change 4-life site is great for encouraging wellbeing with healthy eating recipes, mental health tips and indoor/outdoor activity ideas.
Every Mind Matters is a mental health support platform created by Public Health England. It also includes 10 helpful tips if you are worried about the coronavirus. Visit: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
This link will take you to the Young Minds website. Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.
This link takes you to MindEd, an NHS Health Education England e-learning site to support healthy minds:
For parents- Our Frontline is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one support for frontline workers, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health. Please click the follow link: