Activities and Resources to Support Your Child's Mental Health and Well-being

Activities and resources to support your child's mental health and wellbeing. 

This page is full of useful links and activities that maybe useful to support your child's mental health and wellbeing during the current Lockdown. Please let us know if you discover any useful links and resources that you have found useful and feel others may benefit from. 

Please read below for tips in supporting your child's mental health and a link to the Every Child Matters Website.

NHS’s Top 5 Tips for supporting children and young people’s mental wellbeing as they go back out into the world (please view all tips on Every Mind Matters website):

1. Be there to listen - Ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings.

2. Stay involved in their life - Show interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
 

3.Support positive routines - Be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bedtime routines, healthy eating and getting active.
 

4. Encourage their interests - Being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests.
 

5.Take what they say seriously - Help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.

 

Useful Websites:

The following links and resources may be useful in support your child's social and emotional development, promoting their mental health and well-being. Some of these resources can either be used individually or as a family.

Watch this space, as we will continue to upload resources.

NHS - Kent Information for Children and Young People's Mental Health needs during COVID-19

A useful guide for all parents and carers to providing a large bank of resources to promote and support your child's social and emotional well-being and mental health. 

Partnership for Children - Good Mental Health for Children - for life - a useful resource to boost your child's well-being duering the COVID-19 Lockdown

Kooth - Young people can access Kooth by logging on to www.kooth.com where they can speak privately to a BACP qualified counsellor through a text-based chat. They can also send messages to the team, read magazine articles, engage in forums, set goals and log their feelings in a journal.

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga this website provides a bank of yoga classes for all the family to enjoy!

Mind this link will provide some useful activities to reduce your families worries and anxities throughout COVID-19.

Partnership with Children: Good mental health for children - for life! - this website provides resources to boost your child's well-being during the COVID-19 lock down.

Yes Futures - a useful link to activities to promote self-awareness, confidence, resilience and improving their overall well-being. 

National Autistic Society - this website will provide you with a bank of resources, tips and advice to support your child with autism at home.

UNICEF Guidance: Conversations with Children  - advice on how to talk to your child abour Coronavirus.

Kent Resilience Hub - a useful website to support children aged 10-16 to cope with Coronavirus and the pressures of everyday life.

 

Activities and resources to use with your child (ren) at home:

Save the Children Resource Back: Growing Through this Together  - Activities, tips and inspiration for you and your children during Lockdown.

Social Stories for Coronavirus - Here are two social stories to support your child with understanding Coronavirus. Click on Story 1 and Story 2.

A social story for school closures  - this social story will help to support children who are still attendinfg school during the school closures

A social story for staying at homethis social story will help to support your child with staying at home during the school closure.

My 5 Senses - can you use your 5 senses to promote a calmer state of mind? 

5 Steps to Managing my Big Emotions - try these 5 steps to manage your emotions when they get too big to manage.  

Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus - a story that may help support your child's understanding of Coronavirus. 

Coronavirus: A book for Children - a story book written to help children understand about Coronavirus

Ways to stay connected for young people - suggests and ideas on how to stay connected with others

Extract from The Healthy Coping Colouring Guide - some useful mindfullness activities. 

My COVID-19 Time Capsule - can you create your own time capsule?

 

Some ideas to get the family talking:

When talking to each other and trying to engage your child in conversation try to ask open ended questions using; how, when, what, why etc. This will prompt your child to think of a longer response and enable the conversation to be developed and deepened. You could try some of the following ideas?

1. What would be a useful invention for the future? Why?

2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

3. What is your dream job? Why?

You could consider some thought provoking would you rather questions; such as:

1. Would you rather see the future or travel back in time?

2. Would you rather be able to breathe underwater or be able to fly?

3. Would you rather be able to speak to animals or speak every single human language?

4. Would you rather be stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean or a space rocket floating in space?

 

You could also consider some of the following activities:

Listen to your favourite song. Think about what the words mean; did you all interpret the song the same?


What are you proud of? Children love to hear your stories and achievements-don't be afraid to share your mistakes too.


Talk to your child about positivity. Positivity is important no matter your child's age. Try turning unhelpful thoughts in to positive thoughts promoting a growth mind-set. e.g. "I am rubbish at cutting!" try encouraging your child to say, "I need to practice my cutting to get better."


Looking at old photo's can create amazing talking points. Don't be afraid to explore the past. You could make a collage of your favourites.


Fingerprints! We are all unique! Can you see similarities within your family?


Find an empty jar and write down your favourite thing you did today. It will be great to fill the jar and then look back and share the memories.
You can also use jars to write down thoughts, worries and questions.