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Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

Trees For Cities – Edible Playgrounds

Contact:
Paul Sadler
Edible Playgrounds Project Development Officer

Address:
Prince Consort Lodge,
Kennington Park,
Kennington Park Place,
London
SE11 4AS

Email: paul@treesforcities.org
Mobile No: 07591387266
Website: https://www.treesforcities.org/our-work/edible-playgrounds

Borough: All London Boroughs

Provision Summary:
Edible Playgrounds transform school grounds into vibrant outdoor teaching gardens that inspire hands-on learning and get children excited about growing and eating healthy food. They help improve health and wellbeing, open up access to nature, and provide a fun outdoor learning environment that supports cross-curriculum teaching.

The Edible Playgrounds programme offers a comprehensive service comprising engagement of the whole school community, design, build, planting with pupils, teacher training, and planning support throughout the academic year. The uniqueness and value of the programme lies in embedding food-growing into the school curriculum across all subjects so that teachers learn to teach through gardening, not to become gardeners themselves. This approach builds teachers’ skills and confidence to use their Edible Playground in fresh, innovative ways as an outdoor teaching resource.

Target Group: Primary School / Secondary School

Cost implication for the school: A typical Edible Playground project costs £30,000 with schools asked to make a contribution of no more than £5,000 plus VAT. Trees for Cities will meet the remaining cost through our corporate funders. We can advise you on where best to access specific grants and funding.

Helping your Pupils to Understand Anger

Young Minds have produced a number of resources to help pupils better understand their anger and find ways to cope.

Anger is often seen as a negative emotion, but it is a natural state and one of the core emotions we all experience. Different people may be triggered by different things, and anger often occurs when we feel threatened, frustrated or powerless. However, it can become a problem if a child finds themselves getting angry a lot but without really knowing why, or if it is expressed through destructive behaviour.  Anger can often be a sign that there are things going on in a pupil’s life that they need help with. As school staff, we know that children and young people can face lots of adversity, and that this can lead to them feeling angry and behaving inappropriately. So it’s important that we try to understand what the triggers might be for the pupils in our schools. It’s also important that young people can make sense of how they’re feeling.

Resources:

Class Activity: When Anger Builds Up
This game can be adapted to suit all ages, and acts as a great talking point for your pupils to discuss and understand how anger can build up and tip over at unexpected points.
Download the Activity

For Staff: Changing the Environment
There are often underlying factors as to why some children and young people struggle with anger. Here we look at the things schools can do to help pupils cope with challenging situations.
Read More

Top Tips Poster: What to do if you’re feeling Angry
Ideal for putting up in the classroom or on a wellbeing board, this poster goes through the steps pupils can take when they feel angry.
Download the Poster

Booklet for your Class: Dealing with Anger
This handy booklet helps pupils identify if anger might be becoming an issue for them, and what they can do if they are feeling overwhelmed by their anger.
Download the Booklet (pdf)
Order Printed Copies

For Parents: Responding to Anger
Pass on this webpage to parents, full of guidance and advice on how they can respond to their child’s anger, and where they can go for further help and support.
Visit The Guide

 

Free Youth MHFA One Day Course

  • Date: Friday 3rd May 2019
  • Time: 9am – 4.30pm
  • Venue: Harrow Civic Centre, The Gallery, Station Road Harrow, HA1 2XY
  • Aimed at: Children’s social care, Schools, Youth Centres and any charities or organisations working with, live with or care for young people aged 8-18

This course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion.

Youth MHFA Champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

Up to 16 people can attend per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. When you complete the course you will get:

  • A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth MHFA Champion

Course structure:

Session 1 (morning)

  • Why Youth MHFA One Day?  What is mental health and mental ill health?
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The Mental Health First Aid action
    plan
  • Depression
  • Suicide

Session 2 (afternoon)

  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Recovery
  • Resilience

For further information please contact Andrea Lagos, Public Health Team Harrow:

  • Email: andrea.lagos@harrow.gov.uk
  • Tel: 020 8736 6240 Ext 6240
  • Mob: 07927 548 799

Advice on Young People’s Screen Time

The UK Chief Medical Officers have published advice for parents and carers on young people’s screen time and their mental health and psychosocial wellbeing.

The report recognises that technology can be a wonderful thing but too much time sitting down or using mobile devices can get in the way of important healthy activities.

The advice includes:

  • Sleep matters – Getting enough, good quality sleep is very important. Leave phones outside the bedroom when it is bedtime.
  • Safety when out and about – Advise children to put their screens away while crossing the road or doing an activity that needs their full attention.
  • Family time together – Screen-free meal times are a good idea – you can enjoy face-to-face conversation, with adults giving their full attention to children.
  • Sharing sensibly – Talk about sharing photos and information online and how photos and words are sometimes manipulated. Parents and carers should never assume that children are happy for their photos to be shared. For everyone – when in doubt, don’t upload!
  • Keep moving! – Everyone should take a break after a couple of hours sitting or lying down using a screen. It’s good to get up and move about a bit. #sitlessmovemore

Barnet Public Health Resilient Schools Programme

Contact:
Jayne Abbott
Mental Health & Resilient Schools Programme Manager

Address:
North London Business Park
Oakleigh Road South
London
N11 1NP

Email: Alesia.Carrington@Barnet.gov.uk
Alternative Email Address: Sport@Barnet.gov.uk
Mobile No: 07731336172
Website: https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/parks-sport-and-leisure/sports-clubs-and-facilities/sport-events/london-youth-games.html

Borough: Barnet

Provision Summary:
A core package of support comprising of a menu of whole school interventions (for pupils, parents/carers and staff) is offered to the schools. Key elements included are: Mental Health Youth First Aid, Resilience and Mindfulness Training, Peer Mentoring, Digital Resilience to address on line healthy as well as on line safety and supportive therapies (Kooth and Qwell text based counselling services). Additional initiatives such as the Mayors Golden Kilometre, a Resilience Board to address diversity, difference and promote Mental Health and the development ‘school champions’ to share expertise are also included.

Target Group: Primary School / Secondary School  / Special School

Cost implication for the school: No

Barnet Carers Centre

Young Carers Contact:
Rebecca Prangley
Senior Young Carers Support & Outreach Officer

Address:
Global House,
303 Ballards Lane,
London
N12 8NP

Email: rebecca.prangley@barnetcarers.org
Alternative Email Address: youngcarers@barnetcarers.org
Tel No: 0208 432 2092
Website: www.barnetcarers.org

Borough: Barnet

Provision Summary:
The Young Carers Team supports young carers between the ages 5-17 who care for relatives with a disability, illness, mental health condition or misuse drugs / alcohol. Support services that can be provided: • Monthly hubs • Outings • Access to a Barnet Leisure Pass • 1:1 Mentoring with a Young Carers Team Member • Information and support • Young Carers Needs Assessment (CAF) The team also support in the delivery of the Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) Programme. This is a free England initiative making it as easy for schools to identify and support young carers. The team can deliver assemblies and staff training. Barnet Carers Centre also provide support services for adult carers

Target Group: Primary School / Secondary School / Special School

Cost implication for the school: No