Mental health

Mental Health is how we think, feel and act. It sometimes determines how we handle stress. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Children:

“Recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard. We’ve got advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm”.

You can find more ways to help your child with their mental health at NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health

Families:

Mental well-being can be very different for every person in different families. Down below is a link for some tips for everyday living …

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/wellbeing

Try too..

– Relax and reduce stress

– Find ways to learn and be creative

– Spend time in nature 

– Connect with others 

– Look after your physical health 

– Try to get enough sleep

Parenting:

Parenting can become quite difficult at this time if you mental health is struggling. Down below is the link to MIND who offers lots of advice through their webpage.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/parenting-with-a-mental-health-problem/parenting-and-mental-health/#CopingWithTheEverydayChallengesOfParenting

If you are not sure where to go for help at this time, please do come and speak or drop a message to a member of the office team and we can do our best to help connect you with the right people and groups.

Staff Wellbeing and Mindfulness:

We try to at Meadow Lane to create a Happy and make the lives of staff as easy as possible to minimalise periods of stress, but work can be hard sometimes so here below is a like to help take some advice to really look after yourself:

https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/

Five ways to help…

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take Notice
  • Learn 
  • Give

Always come and talk to the members of staff in the office I’d you do need any support and we can try and connect you with the correct groups of people.

Looking after yourself:

It is really Important to take the time to look after yourself as much as possible. There is a link below on some guidance and advice on how you can look after yourself.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/look-after-your-mental-health-and-wellbeing-when-staying-home

Try to… 

– Plan your day

– Move more every day 

– Try a relaxing technique

– Connect with others 

– Take time to reflect 

– Improve your sleep

Here are some more tips on how to look after your mental health during the COVID pandemic … https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Financial, Housing and Unemployment worries

Down below is some advice about financial, housing and unemployment worries.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/finance-housing-and-unemployment-worries-during-coronavirus-outbreak

For a range of advice, you can contact Citizens Advice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Scotland.

Adviceline is a national phone service operated by Citizens Advice. You can contact an Adviceline adviser on 03444 111 444 (Text relay: 03444 111 445)

Additional Contacts:

Samaritans: 116 123

Mind: 0300 123 3393

Papyrus (for people under 35): 0800 068 4141

The Silver Line (for older people): 0800 4 70 80 90

Anxiety UK: 08444 775 774 

Two members of Staff at Meadow Lane have completed Mental Health First Aid

Sophia and Jenny completed 2 days of Mental Health First Aid here at Meadow Lane Children’s Nursery in July 2021 -This is something that is close to our hearts and after a challenging year for all we feel that this would be a wonderful benefit for the staff and children here at Meadow Lane. We know this is something that is becoming more common in work places and if any of you have any involvement in this area we would love to hear from you ✨