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Drama Therapy

Rebeeca Onley, our Drama Therapist, has compiled a Mental Health List which is full
of useful information for everyone.

Mental Health Resources List

Wellbeing Newsletter | Oct 2021

Thriving at school toolkit
© Thrive UK

Resources to help students and teachers tackle
any stressors and recharge over the summer holiday:
thrive-uk-com.hubspotpagebuilder.com/school

Into Film – World Mental Health Day 2021
© Into Film

Film is an effective and unique way of approaching young people with sensitive topics. With World Mental Health Day shining a spotlight on these issues, it’s the perfect opportunity to bring this learning into the classroom.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2022

#ChildrensMentalHealthWeek will take place from 7-13 February 2022.

‘Children’s Mental Health Week is run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be to focus on the importance of looking after our emotional wellbeing from an early age. This year’s theme is ‘GROWING TOGETHER.’

Human beings change and grow – we do it all the time and in many different ways. Physical growth is easy to see as we grow from babies to children, teenagers to adults. We grow intellectually as we gain new knowledge, skills, and understanding at school, and beyond. is about growing emotionally, and finding ways to help each other grow. 

For Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, Place2Be is encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown, what they need to help them grow, and how they can help others to grow too. 

We’d love your support to help us spread the word!’ – Place2Be

 

Charlton Park Academy is supporting this event, so let’s come together and work towards a future where no child has to face mental health problems alone.

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Charlton Park Academy is supporting this event, so let’s come together and work towards a future where no child has to face mental health problems alone.

Text © Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

 

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 is … “Loneliness”.

‘The week will run from Monday 9 May until Sunday 15 May 2022 and will raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing, as well as the practical steps that can be taken to address it.

Loneliness affects millions of people in the UK every year and has had a huge impact on our mental health during the pandemic.

That is why we have chosen it as our theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.’

Guide to Menstrual Cycles & Mental Health

 

Text © Yoppie

Yoppie offers lots of helpful information such as:

  • The link between menstrual cycles and mental health and how mood, sleep, and energy levels are affected during periods.
  • Understanding premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and its more severe form of the premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) – their physical and emotional effects, what to look out for, and how PMS and PMDD symptoms mimic other mental health conditions.
  • Useful self-care tips and wellbeing advice during your cycle – how the right diet, exercise, emotional and stress management practices help, and other useful advice and resources for women.

Website: yoppie.com/menstrual-cycles-mental-health

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Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents

 

Text © mytutor

Your child’s teenage years are an exciting time, but they can be tricky too. With hormones going wild and bigger pressures at school, challenging mood swings are par for the course. With mental ill-health on the rise though, you’ll want to keep watch on whether their moods are normal, or if they need a bit of help. [Read the full article here]

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#HelloYellow 2021

This event has expired, but you may find the information useful:

A message from The #HelloYellow Team:

Join thousands of schools, offices and communities on Friday, 8 October by taking part in #HelloYellow and raising vital funds to support our work. Dig out your neon socks, custard scarf and banana hat – let’s show young people they’re not alone with their mental health!

We all struggle with how we’re feeling sometimes and it’s normal to have ups and downs.

This year might have felt a little more down than up. But it’s the little things that have got us through it – the morning walks, singing in the shower, the perfect cuppa, that Netflix show that got us all buzzing, the bestie who makes you LOL, the teacher who has your back.

Saying #HelloYellow this World Mental Health Day is a little thing we can do to make a BIG difference to young people’s mental health.

Because a little yellow goes a long way.

Mental Wellbeing

 

Text © Quell

Qwell is a new mental health service for adults – providing access to free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support. It is available to support staff and residents across South East London.

Qwell is a free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service for adults aged over 26 years of age. Residents can now receive counselling sessions from qualified counsellors via an online chat-based platform. Chats can either be accessed through a drop-in service or pre-booked sessions from any connected device. The site is open 24 hours a day; one-to-one counselling sessions with a qualified counsellor are available from 12-noon until 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm until 10pm on weekends. Those using Qwell are also be able to take advantage of a range of self-help tools from reading and contributing to articles, peer to peer support via online discussion boards as well as journals and goal trackers.

We launched Qwell following the success of Kooth, a similar service for younger residents aged 10 to 25.  

www.qwell.io


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Illustration of woman looking forward with images of devices around her

Coronavirus

 

Please do not come into work with a significant fever or illness as described below.

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

 

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

10 Tips to help if you are worried about Coronavirus

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips

Supporting Pupils, families and colleagues during the coronavirus crisis -NAHT

www.naht.org.uk/advice-and-support

 

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CPA Fitness Centre

The fitness centre at Charlton Park Academy currently runs from 9am until 2.30pm and is accessible to all students throughout the academy. The centre is now located in the hub the of the academy site and can be found in the sports hall making it more accessible to more students and includes all the current and up to date cardio and strength equipment.

Staff also have free access to the facility from 3pm until 6pm and can take advantage of personal training programmes, nutrition advice and corrective exercise programmes. Currently there are several partnerships running alongside the fitness aspect of the centre and these include physiotherapists, corrective exercise specialists and occupational therapists who work with the students to develop rehabilitation, functional fitness and sensory programmes regardless of a students current ability. All these groups work together with the collective goal of promoting better physical and mental wellbeing.

The Charlton Park Academy fitness centre recently underwent several updates to ensure that the facility remains Covid-19 safe. Students only use the centre in their class bubbles and these bubbles are never mixed with any other students. All equipment within the sports hall is thoroughly cleaned with anti-bacterial spray before and after every session. Students have access to individual pieces of equipment including floor mats which are also cleaned before and after each session or use. There are social distance markers throughout the sports hall to keep the students working safely and not in too close a proximity.

The sports hall itself now has a one way system in place to avoid any unnecessary foot traffic and all the door handles have new Purehold handles and plates which use anti bacteria to kill 99.9% of bacteria whenever they are touched. This ensures that whenever students and staff enter or exit the sports hall, they are not sharing dirty handles and leave with clean hands. To help with this the sports hall also houses hand sanitizer dispensers at all entrances and exits along with a hand washing station to encourage everyone to wash their hands and keep on top of their health and hygiene throughout these challenging times.

 


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Every Mind Matters self-care tool

 

Text © Public Health England

Your Mind Plan can help you to take simple steps to look after your mental health and find a good work-life balance.

 

 What’s this for?

It’s well known that teachers have a busy schedule – and it’s important that you take the time to make your wellbeing a priority.

Our new mental health campaign Every Mind Matters offers a free online action plan, approved by the NHS, that offers simple steps we can all take to care for our mental health. The tool can help to deal with stress and anxiety, boost mood, improve sleep quality and take control of our wellbeing.

Whilst you care for children at school, why not create your own self-care action plan today?

 


Image of film from Every Mind Matters

5 Ways to reduce stress right now

 

Text © Sam Sahota

The signs of stress aren’t always obvious, but the effects of it can manifest in your day to day life or on your physique. Hair loss, heart attacks, depression, cancer and other chronic illnesses can all be stress related.

Everyone has stressful elements in their life, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them.

The good news is that we don’t have to tolerate stress. We’re responsible for allowing stress to enter our lives, and if we can let it in, then we have the power to let it back out by taking small steps and changing our habits. Implementing minute lifestyle changes can create fundamental and powerful shifts to help cope with stress. Read how here: happiful.com/five-simple-ways-to-reduce-stress-right-now.

 


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Cycle to Work

 

Text © Department of Transport

 

The Government’s ambition that cycling and walking are the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey, was clearly set out in the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy published in 2017. If we can increase levels of active travel, such as cycling, the benefits are substantial. For individuals, it means cheaper travel and better health. For businesses, it means increased productivity and increased footfall in shops. And for society as a whole it means lower congestion, better air quality, and vibrant, attractive places and communities.

 

The health benefits of cycling are well understood. Illness as an outcome of physical inactivity costs the NHS up to £1 billion per annum, with further indirect costs calculated at £8.2 billion.

We want to make sure that Cycle to Work schemes continue to attract new cyclists and are as inclusive as possible so that people travelling to work have the opportunity to realise the benefits that cycling affords. The scheme has involved over 40,000 employers across the country, and has contributed to help more than 1.6 million commuters to cycle to work.

 

Cycle to Work.pdf

 


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