Society is much more tuned in to emotional wellbeing now. This is reflected in the much increased awareness of mental health and wellbeing.
Communication is the key to helping children and young person reflect on their thoughts and feelings. This can help staff assess their wellbeing and plan the best way to support them..
If you are concerned about a young person’s mood or behaviour decide who is best placed to talk to them– it may be they have a particularly positive relationship with some staff members.
• Use open questions (questions that don’t allow for just ‘yes / no’ answers
• Listen to their answers carefully and reflect what you think they have said
• Use ‘feeling words; when you summarise what they have told you ‘It sounds to me like you are really sad your Gran is ill - and cross that your Mum won’t let you visit her’
• Think through some ‘actions’ they could try to help them feel better; ‘when you are feeling sad what do you think might help?’
• Make a plan with the child/ young person about what you will both do next
There are practical suggestions that can help with low mood;
• spend time with supportive family and friends
• get some exercise
• practice relaxation techniques
• eat regularly and healthily & keep hydrated
Establishing whether a child is struggling with low mood or depression is important and may not be immediately clear. Make plans to review how they are feeling. Help them to think where they might seek more support in and out of school
JustOneNorfolk information on Low Mood *here*
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families- advice for teachers *here*
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Who can help?
For support or advice young people, families and professionals can contact:
Just One Number for Norfolk Children and Young People’s Health Services Tel: 0300 300 0123 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm.
Parents can use Parentline Text messaging service: 07520 631590
Young people aged 11-19 can text Chat Health on 07480635060
Other parents who are going through or have been through this before can be a big help to you, friends or family, or you could join our online forum to speak to Norfolk Parents
CLICK HERE to find out more
Find out about the enhanced 5-19 offer ...(content required?)
And the emotional health pathway *here*