Mental Health and Wellbeing
We all know how challenging these difficult times can be. Below you will find a range of websites we have put together that can be a port of call for support. The most important message we can share at Halley with you is if you need help please ask all the staff at Halley are here to support you, your child and families.
Anxiety can occur from many reasons and they can be quite complex, but our School therapist, Rosie Hayes has shared some strategies and resources to support you help your child
How can I support my child with anxiety?
- Name and Normalise
- Be Curious
- Build Resilience
What does this mean?
Acknowledge the difficult experience and offer comfort, help your child feel safe and grounded.
"that sounds really scary! If I'd been having those dreams/feelings I think I'd be feeling shaky too, shall we have a hug?"
Name and normalise the feeling
"it sounds like you're feeling anxious and it's making your heart go fast and thoughts race in your mind. You know, it's not a nice feeling, but everyone gets anxious sometimes - and especially at the moment. Lots of children around the world are having these bad dreams/feelings and racing hearts, because things have been so upside down lately"
Be curious, offer your child the chance to talk more about it, if they want- this might involve drawing the dream or how it made them feel, or writing down/drawing any worries they were having, depending on how they can best communicate.
Build resilience for dealing with the feelings when it comes: help the child draw on their resources for feeling calm again - this will be particular to them- but could be a favourite book, teddy, game, some relaxing scents, lighting a candle, stroking a pet, etc.
Some children might like to put worry dolls or similar under their pillow.
If you would like further support to help you help your child cope, please give the school a call or drop us an email using the below address. Our School therapist is really happy to offer help, support and tips.
Supporting Children who are Anxious to Return to School
To book a place please email email@example.com with name of the session(s) you would like to attend, your name, name of school and contact details.
Date: Wednesday 10th March
Led by: Julie Burns (Senior Educational Psychologist), Dr Lauren Coates (Educational Phycologist) and Guy Tamlyn (Trainee Educational Psychologist)
A short session for parents to support children who are expressing worries about returning to school post-lockdown.
Parental Engagement Team Virtual Parent Workshops
For more details or to join a session email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the session and date you would like to attend along with your school’s name and child’s age.
Tower Hamlets Wellbeing Sessions
Tower Hamlets council are continuing to provide mental health and wellbeing session for parents as part of their Wellbeing and Education programme. To book a place on any of the sessions, please email email@example.com with name of the session(s) you would like to attend, your name, name of school and contact details. Please note that places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis. All sessions will be held online.
Supporting home learning during Covid and beyond: Primary
Date: Monday 8th March
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Led by: Dr Patrick Sullivan, Dr Michael Palmer (Educational Psychologists) and Jack Hammond (Trainee Educational Psychologist)
A short webinar for parents of primary aged children, followed by a Q&A session. We will explore the current challenges of home learning, what children are gaining, what they are missing, and share some practical strategies for how to support children at home.