Mental Health & Well-Being Advice for Parents Blog
  • Advice for supporting your child if they're feeling anxious about Coronavirus (Mrs Bratley)

    This is a useful document to read should your child be feeling anxious about Coronavirus.


  • Action for Children (Mrs Bratley)

    Action for Children has lots of great wellbeing tips including: managing challenging behaviour, addressing tween anger and dealing with parental guilt.

  • Wellbeing in 15 (Mrs Bratley)

    You may find these mini sessions useful to do with your child at home as they tackle key mental health issues and talk about managing stress and coping with challenges.  At the moment the sessions are free, so it's well worth taking a look.


    Throughout Wellbeing in 15, children will learn simple strategies and activities that will help them manage stress and cope with challenges.


    Now is an essential time for children to learn about caring for their own mental health. Wellbeing in 15 takes this rather complicated area and breaks it down over 10 mini-courses. 


  • Therapeutic Art (Mrs Bratley)

    Here's a link to the Lighthouse Blog which hosts lots of great activities for children and families.

  • Family Wellbeing Activities from Place2be (Mrs Bratley)

    Place2be has put together some useful ideas that may help you start conversations with your child, keep them entertained and inspired whilst at home, and encourage you to enjoy quality time together as a family. All of which are important for your wellbeing.

    The link below has lots of Coronavirus updates, advice and support that you may find useful


  • Disruption caused by the Coronavirus (Mrs Bratley)

    This video from Anna Freud (National Centre for Children and Families) provides guidance to parents and carers about how they can help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by the Coronavirus.

  • Resources to boost your child's wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown (Mrs Bratley)

    Partnership for Children - Good mental health for children - for life has brought out some great resources to support children's wellbeing during the current situation.

  • Anxiety Relief for Children - Free Webinar (Mrs Bratley)

    GoZen Free Webinar: 6 Essential Skills to Transform Stress and Anxiety for Kids and Teens - During the one hour masterclass, you will learn:             

    • 6 Essential Skills with step-by-step techniques to help children and teenagers experiencing stress and anxiety
    • How to avoid backfire!
    • How to make a breakthrough - find out why your child is teenager is really experiencing social worry, perfectionism, overwhelm, general worry, anger, or negative thinking, so you can shift your approach and truly reach them.


  • Well Being Apps for Children and Parents (Mrs Bratley)

    Sleep Meditations for Kids, Free (Apple and Android)

    If you have an anxious child who finds it hard to drop off at night, this meditation app is well worth trying. Designed by a yoga and Montessori teacher, it’s aimed at children aged 12 and under and can help with sleep issues, insomnia, stress and anxiety, as well as promoting feelings of wellbeing.


    FOCUS stands for Families Overcoming Under Stress, and this app aims to teach resilience to every member of the family. It helps your child to develop skills in problem-solving, goal-setting, communication, emotional regulation, and managing trauma and stress.  In addition to the games and comic creator function, there's an extensive Resources section, with useful tools such as Feeling Foxes (expressive cartoon foxes with feeling words that help children name their emotions) and deep breathing and meditation exercises to work through with your child, along with videos and articles on subjects such as how to hold a family meeting. The Resilience Surveys, which can be taken by parents, your child, or the whole family, are also helpful in showing how you’re getting on with building resilience.

    Three Good Things, free (Apple)


    Evidence suggests that if you write three good things down every day, your happiness and positivity increase. This simple little app is a great way for your child to record what they’re grateful for.  Each day, the app prompts children to think about what went well, with three boxes to type their comments in. They can add them all at once at the end of the day, or as they happen. They get to level up for recording their thoughts on streaks of consecutive days, and can look back at their history to remind themselves of the things they’re thankful for.
    Over time, the app will train children to look for things to appreciate and make the practice of gratitude a habit.

    Worrinots £1.29 per month or £9.99 per year (Apple and Android)

    The Worrinots are four friendly monsters who help your child deal with their worries. If there’s something on their mind, they tap the ‘what’s up?’ bubble, and are invited to choose one of the monsters to help them. They can then type or speak their problem, click on how it makes them feel – sad, worried, scared or angry – and tap to make the fear disappear. A message from their chosen Worrinot appears in their inbox, explaining how it has dealt with your child’s worries by stomping on them, ripping them up, jumping around or eating them.

    There’s also a Worri-tips section where your child can read advice on coping with issues like anxiety, bedwetting and families.

    The really clever feature is the companion parent app, Wotnot. This has to be downloaded to a separate device and enables you to see what your child has told their Worrinots, so you can keep track of how they’re feeling. You can also reply to their messages as a Worrinots character, so you can give them advice without them realising it’s you.

  • Parents' Mental Wellbeing & Coping with Isolation with your family (Mrs Bratley)

    Here's the link to the leaflet I shared in the week about how families can support each other's mental health during isolation.


    We know that taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus.

    The tips and advice in this link from the NHS are things we can do now to help ourselves keep on top of our mental wellbeing and cope with how we may feel while staying at home.


  • 20 activities for 20 minutes (Mrs Bratley)

    Talking to your child about how they're feeling can be hard.  By taking 20 minutes with them to do an activity you'll both enjoy, you'll be able to create a relaxed space to start that conversation. Here's a list of activities you could do in twenty minutes with your child.  (Not all are possible at the moment.)


  • How many positives 360 Activity (Mrs Bratley)

    Many children struggle to think positively.  Regular negative thoughts can become a habit and can affect our overall mood and levels of happiness.  This simple activity sheet will help your child to visualise and recognise positive features in themselves.  This activity is worth revisiting over time by asking your child to add to the list of assets.


  • Supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic (Mrs Bratley)

    It's understandable for children and adults to feel concerned or anxious about coronavirus.  Here are some useful tips to help support your child.


    You may also like to share this book with your child ...

  • Mental Health Resources and Information (Mrs Bratley)

    Action For Children has lots of fantastic guides on mental health

  • Child Mental Health Conditions (Mrs Bratley)

    These fact sheets provide information about how to recognise potential mental health conditions in children.  The fact sheets provide an introduction to the following conditions: Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Conduct Disorder and ADHD.

    Recognising Depression in Children

    Recognising Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

    Recognising Conduct Disorder in Children

    Recognising Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    Recognising Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

    Recognising Anxiety Disorders in Children

  • School Nurse Drop In Sessions (Mrs Bratley)

    The School Nurse Team host Drop-In sessions for advice and support for Health Issues including: Bedwetting, Behaviour, Hearing Tests, Growth Checks and Confidential Advice.  Please look at the poster for dates.


  • Great website for parents and children (Mrs Bratley)

    This is a great website for both parents and children!

  • Young Minds (Mrs Bratley)

    Young Minds is a mental health charity that is committed to improving children's well-being and mental health.  A great survival guide has been put together provides information to some common mental health conditions, how young children and young people can cope and where to go to get help.

  • The Children's Society (Mrs Bratley)

    The Children's Society hosts a wealth of useful resources to support mental health and well-being.  Having read through this booklet, I would suggest that it very worthy of a read ... /essex/primary/chrishall/arenas/well-being/web/howtosupportyourchildswell-being.pdf

  • Saturday 22nd June (Mrs Bratley)

    Every month Virgin Care - Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Services release informative and helpful campaign bulletins.  A recent one was linked to sun safety.  Do take a read ... /essex/primary/chrishall/arenas/well-being/web/2019-m05-05campaignbulletin-sunsafety.pdf