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Children’s Mental Health Week

3rd February 2020 @ 8:50 am - 7th February 2020 @ 3:15 pm

This week is National Children’s Mental Health Week, which you may see being celebrated in the news. At Hartlebury, we really do place children’s mental health at the heart of what we do and we work really hard to support your child to develop positive mental health behaviours, strategies and experiences, that will set them up for life.

There is lots of research at the moment about the importance and value of walking, for children’s physical and mental health. As well as improving their fitness, going for a walk also allows children to experience the calming benefits of being outside, breathing in fresh air, being away from technology and sharing time with their families to talk and bond. It would be lovely if you could try and make some time this week, and every week, to go on a walk with your child, however long or short, talking together and sharing in this great exercise, for the body and the mind.

Below are some sources of guidance that may be useful in supporting your child’s mental health, but if you need any more advice, please speak to your child’s teacher, who will be happy to help.

If you are worried about your child’s mental health: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-survival-guide/

Place2be supporting your child’s mental health: https://www.place2be.org.uk/what-we-do/parent-carer-resources/supporting-your-childs-mental-health.aspx

NHS advice on helping your child to sleep: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/healthy-sleep-tips-for-children/

NHS healthy food and exercise advice: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/healthy-weight-children-advice-for-parents/

NHS Change4life sugar smart: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/sugar

We all know that sometimes life does not always go as we planned. If you yourself are in need of any mental health support or feel that you might need some additional support at home or as a family, again please speak to your child’s teacher. We also have links with the Wyre Forest and Hagley project which works to support families with a range of challenges such as sleeping, eating, family circumstances, bereavement, stress, break-ups, behavioural support and so on. Miss Gledhill can provide you with a card for Caroline Hallam, who is our Wyre Forest and Hagley Project representative. She can give free advice over the phone and also works to support families in person over longer periods when this is required.

We really hope that your child gains and benefits from this week, in addition to the mental health support, we already provide in school and hope that you use this opportunity to talk to your child about their thoughts, feelings and how they manage when things are tricky or don’t go as planned. It is also important to celebrate with them how special they are, what they have achieved and what makes them unique and amazing!

If you have any other questions or would like any other support, please ask. We are all in this together!


3rd February 2020 @ 8:50 am
7th February 2020 @ 3:15 pm
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