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Did you know…

16 million people in the UK experience a mental illness
One in four adults will experience a mental illness at some point each year in the UK.

Three in four mental illnesses start in childhood
75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 15.

10% of school children have a diagnosable mental illness
In an average class of 30 young people, three will have a mental health problem. Figures show 10% of children aged 5-16 have been diagnosed with a mental health problem.

75% of young people with a mental health problem are not receiving treatment
There has been a rise in the time children are having to wait to receive treatment for complex mental health conditions, and children with depression and anxiety are often not being identified or given help.

Ukraine

Whilst we are geographically far away from the events, many in our schools and communities will be directly affected and may have families or roots in the region.

The news and social media feeds are filled with the latest information, and some of it is very upsetting and worrying; and may not even be verified. Children listening and viewing distressing images can become frightened and fearful.

Here are some background reading resources to help you think about how adults can support children with what they are seeing or feeling.

Supporting your child if they see upsetting content online about what is happening in Ukraine:

Mental Health Highlights

Junior Mental Health Team - Anti Bullying Week 2022

JMHT have been delivering art therapy for Anti Bullying week. We have been celebrating differences,...

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World Mental Health Day 2022

It was World Mental Health Day on Monday 10th October. To celebrate mental health at Daubeney...

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Junior Mental Health Team - Thank You to Daubeney Staff

Did you know, when you express your appreciation for someone, you will not only improve their lives...

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 - Growing Together

During the last week of our half term, week commencing 7th February 2022, Daubeney celebrated...

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Junior Mental Health Team Place2Be Fundraising

The JMHT raised £309.39 for Place2Be. They met with Matthew Charlton the Community Fundraising...

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Fitness and Mental Health Assembly

This week is Fitness Week and Year 5 and Year 6 had a special assembly lead by Mr Swarbrick and Mr...

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Golden Achievers for our Teachers

As part of Staff Wellbeing Week, our Junior mental health team created achievers for our teachers...

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Comic Relief 2022

Our Junior Mental Health Team helped raise money for Comic Relief. Our Daubeney children donated £1...

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Year 4 and Year 5 Workshop - Giving

As part of our Giving Week, Year 4 and 5 met with Olivia (Mental Health Support) and Vana (CAMHs...

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Junior Mental Health Team - Compliment Booklet

A very BIG thank you from Mr Matvad to our Junior Mental Health Team. Mr Matvad received a...

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Anti-Bullying Week 2021 - One Kind Word

Daubeney enjoyed spreading kindness in Anti-Bullying Week. The focus was, One Kind Word. Children...

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Understanding and Managing Behaviour Workshop

On the 9th November, Vana, our CWIS (CAMHs worker in school) lead a parent workshop about managing...

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Mental Health Parent Workshop - 12th October 2021

On the 12th October 2021, our CAMHS worker, Vana Lamprogianni lead our Parent Workshop. We...

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World Teachers' Day 2021

On the 5th October, Daubeney Primary School celebrated World Teachers' Day. The children came to...

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Mental Health Awareness Week Nature Competition

The Junior Mental Health Team organised a competition asking children to create an art piece of why...

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Mental Health - Staff Well-being Week 2021

In Summer 1, week 6, Daubeney staff participated in ‘Duvet Week’. The staff had a big focus on self...

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 - Nature

During the week commencing the 10th May, Daubeney celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week by...

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Mental Health - Giving

The week commencing the 15th March 2021, Daubeney focussed on the word, GIVING. The children...

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Mental Health - Playing and Socialising with Friends

8th March 2021 Children, staff and parents were all happy to return to school! During the lockdown,...

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Daubeney's 100 Active Challenge

Daubeney children took part in the Daubeney’s 100 Active Challenge. The children had a challenge...

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Children's Mental Health Week 2021

Express Yourself - 1st February 2021 - 5th February 2021 Daubeney have been Expressing themselves...

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Junior Mental Health Team - How to Look After Our Mental Health

The Junior Mental Health Team wanted to create a video for everyone to share information on how to...

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Odd Socks Day 2019

The children have been Celebrating Differences in JIGSAW sessions and discussing that it is...

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World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2019

Throughout the week, Daubeney participated in assemblies, parent workshops and class activities to...

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Year 3 - 'I Love Me' Portraits

As yesterday was world mental health day Year 3 have been thinking about their emotions and their...

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Year 6 - 6S Mental Health Day 2019

In 6S we have been learning about how to take care of our mental health and the mental health of...

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Healthy Me Week 2019

We had a fantastic Healthy Me Week, focusing on ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’. The...

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Year 4 - Meditation

Year 4 have been meditating in class as a way of relaxing and making ourselves feel better....

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Celebrating Differences

In Autumn 2, Daubeney have been ‘Celebrating Differences’ in Jigsaw. The children have...

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Year 1 - 1L 'Being Different' Display

1L created a beautiful display about being different.

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Odd Socks Day 2018

On 16th November 2018 Daubeney school had an ‘Odd Socks Day’ to celebrate being...

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Year 3 - 3P's Friendship Week Message to You

Year 3 have been learning about the importance of a good friendship and being kind. They have an...

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Year 4 - SEAL- Odd Socks Day

Year 4 had a great SEAL session today discussing Odd socks day. We spoke about how we are different...

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Year 5 - 5M Friendship Week Posters

Today (12th November 2018) the children in Year 5M made posters to celebrate their friendships and...

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Year 3 - Meditation

Have you ever felt tired, exhausted, stressed or worried? Well meditation helps you to calm your...

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Year 3 - Mental Health Day

Year 3 have been exploring their emotions through art. They enjoyed looking at works of art from...

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Year 6 - 6S Mental Health Week

As this week is Mental Health Week, 6S have been focusing on ways we can look after our mental...

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Talking Mental Health Annimation

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. this includes depression,...

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Year 4 - Meditation

Every Friday, Year 4 spend 10 minutes of their afternoons meditating. Meditation helps you to relax...

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Junior Mental Health Team

Meditation

At Daubeney, we have been learning the benefits of meditation. We try to incorporate mediation within our school day.

Here are a few of the benefits of children’s meditation:

Enhanced focus

In just a generation or two, things have changed so much that our attention spans can’t keep up. Between social media and technological gadgets, kids – and adults – are constantly surfing the internet, interacting via social media and playing video games indoors instead of reading a book, taking a walk or playing sports. Children who grow up with their noses in their devices often find it difficult to focus and remain attentive. Meditation teaches them that it’s possible to direct their attention at one thing at a time, and that it actually feels great not to be distracted.

Fostering compassion and self-esteem

Due to pressures and circumstances beyond their control (and sometimes beyond anyone’s control), kids may sometimes feel like they’re not able to pass muster. This can be tough sometimes, especially when a child is bullied or badly teased by others. Most of the insecurities people have as adults can be traced back to their childhoods. The good news is that meditation can bolster children’s feelings of security, empathy and inner stability, and this, in turn, builds compassion, joy and self-esteem. Meditation teaches kids – and adults – that right now is enough.

Boosting confidence

Mindfulness for children helps kids gain self-awareness and become more confident. The confidence develops naturally when kids learn from their meditation practice that they don’t have to react to all of their thoughts and emotions – they can choose which ones merit their attention and response. Confident kids are better equipped to deal with unfamiliar situations. Thanks to this adaptability, they become better problem solvers and develop a deeper appreciation of life.

Building empathy and happiness

Mindworks meditation expert Trungram Gyalwa says that the more you give to those around you, the more you gain. Children’s meditation helps them learn how to share their love with other children. They become more patient and understanding, listen more readily to others and empathize with them. One study cited in Slate Magazine “looked at the effectiveness of the Mindful Schools program on around 400 low-income, mostly minority elementary-school students. It found that after five weeks of regular mindfulness sessions, teachers reported that students became more focused, participatory, and caring.” Clearly, mindful children have the tools they need to be happy children.

Why not try some meditation at home?

Mindfulness Meditation for Kids
3 Minutes Body Scan Meditation - Mindfulness For Kids
5 Minutes Bodyscan Meditation for Classrooms and Students - Mindfulness For Kids

Mental Health Links and Apps

Find Help - For Parents

Parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work.

Headspace

Teaches mindfulness meditation principles to improve wellbeing.

JAM - Resource Centre

Free downloads of over 40 one-minute meditations, reflections and visualisations making j-a-m meaningful, easy and practical for everyone to use anywhere, anytime. Watch one-minute video testimonials from those already experiencing the benefits from just-a-minute.

Meditation Apps for Kids

Common Sense Media editors help you choose Meditation Apps for Kids. Harness the power of technology to Zen out.

Moodometer

Interactive mood diary for monitoring, understanding and improving emotional wellbeing.

Moodpanda

Allows people to track their mood.

SuperBetter

To help young people build resilience to become stronger, happier and healthier. The activities use gaming techniques to tackle tough challenges.

Talking Mental Health - YouTube

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond. The animation and accompanying re...

Organisations

Action for Happiness

Provides resources and ideas for actions to reduce and prevent mental ill health.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Tel: 0207 794 2313
Email: info@annafreud.org
Children’s mental health charity

Child Bereavement UK

Aims to help young people who have lost someone feel less alone, and gives information on where they can get more support.

Childline

DfE developed advice and tools to help support schools promote positive mental health and identify and help those in need.

Cruse-Bereavement Care

Tel: 0808 808 1677 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
Email: helpline@cruse.org.uk
Offers support, information and advice to children, young people and adults when someone dies.

Kooth

Free online support for young people delivered by qualified counsellors via chat based services.

Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools

DfE developed advice and tools to help support schools promote positive mental health and identify and help those in need.

Mind

Tel; 0300 123 3393 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
Text: 86463
Email: info@mind.org
National mental health charity.

MindUP

A learning programme for teachers and pupils based on Positive Psychology and mindfulness

Muslim Youth Helpline

Support to young Muslims in distress. They offer email support, a helpline and online internet counselling.

Samaritans

Tel: 116 123 (anytime)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Confidential emotional support service.

YoungMinds

Tel: 0808 802 5544 (weekdays 9.30am-4pm)
Charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, and empowering parents and carers.

YoungMinds Parent's Helpline

Tel: 0808 802 5544 (weekdays 9.30am-4pm)
Charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, and empowering parents and carers.