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This week’s five things are quite a diverse bunch – I hope you like them!
In my 7th weekly podcast I interviewed Claire Eastham about her book ‘We’re all mad here’ which is a guide to social anxiety drawn from her own experiences; I discussed the practical implications of a paper I’ve written looking at the how we can support children who’ve experienced trauma and adversity to build their resilience and my daughter, Lyra, shares a top tip for managing anger.
One of my fab training team, Rachel Welch recently helped write a resource on Year 6 wellbeing during SATs. Follow the link to download it – it includes practical advice for pupils, parents and teachers. A must read (though I’m deeply sad that it needs to exist).
Watch the recording and download the slides from this webinar which takes a look at how schools and other organisations can use 8 core themes to help them protect and promote emotional wellbeing and mental health.
In this article I look at practical steps that all schools and organisations can take to help support the wellbeing of staff – this not only improves quality of life and productivity but crucially enables staff to act as wellbeing role models to the young people in their care.
If you’d like to understand more about self-harm then this is a good starting point. I also look at how understanding a bit more about the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying self-harm can help you provide sustainable support to a vulnerable young person.
Hundreds of you have requested copies of our wellbeing action plan booklets to work through with pupils. We’d love to know your thoughts – what do you like / what could we do better next time? If you’ve received copies, please take a moment to comment here (where you can also preview and order). I’m always on the hunt for funding so any feedback you can provide about the impact of our resources or training is super helpful in persuading people to open purse strings!
I hope those of you on half-term have a great break and that those of you still working towards it manage to make it through the week relatively unscathed!
Do let me know if there are specific resources or training you’d like us to develop.
Very best wishes and thanks for all you do which was beautifully summarised by a year 4 pupil I met the other day:
“Everything feels more better now because Miss X makes me feel like there is someone safe I can be with, like she will help protect me so it isn’t always dark in my head now.”
Dr Pooky Knightsmith
Director: Children Young People & Schools Programme, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Vice Chair: Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition
PA – Izzi Dent – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01635 869754