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Looking after your mental health

Looking after you and your family's mental health and wellbeing will be paramount in the coming weeks.  Please see below links to resources to support you during these challenging times.

The RCPCH have produced a useful poster signposting support for our young people during this time.

Change4life is another useful website offering advice and support on mental health and wellbeing https://www.nhs.uk/change4life.

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/ A Coronavirus story written to explain coronavirus to children.

Public Health England

Public Health England launched new mental health advice on their Every Mind Matters platform to support people‚Äôs mental health and wellbeing, particularly through this period of lockdown.

Mind in Bexley

For local support and advice the charity Mind does a lot of good work in Bexley. Go to their website for more information

https://mindinbexley.org.uk/

Bereavement Support

Unfortunately, over the next few weeks and months, our Sherwood Park community may encounter a bereavement of a close friend or family member.  Please see the links below to websites which can help you and your child deal with their loss.

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/

https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/for-schools

https://www.annafreud.org/parents/

https://www.childbereavementuk.org/supporting-bereaved-children-and-young-people

Grief is a very personal experience, and every child and young person will experience it differently, give them space to deal with their feelings in their own way.  It is important to remember to take care of ourselves when supporting bereaved children and young people, and seek support from our own networks as necessary.

These are a few picture books that may help you to discuss loss and grief with your child.

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