Parkside Middle School Mental Health and Well-Being Support
The wellbeing of our pupils is at the heart of Parkside Middle School. The COVID-19 pandemic is a new and uncertain time for all of us, so it is only natural that it will affect our mental health in different ways. How you are feeling right now is valid. With the right help and support, we can get through this. Your wellbeing is the most important thing to take care of, particularly at times like this. It is ok to be upset, but remember we are all in this together, and there are always going to be people who will listen and who you can talk to. We recognise how difficult the uncertainty is and we want to support you as much as we can.
Talk to your child about what’s going on, keeping communication as open as you can. Let them know that it’s okay to feel however they feel – whether that’s scared, worried, angry, sad or something else.
Try to answer your child's questions and reassure them in an age-appropriate manner. While you don’t need to know all the answers, talking things through can help them feel calmer.
Encourage your child to do the things that help them when they’re finding things difficult. This will be different for everyone – it could include things like doing exercise or going for a walk, watching a favourite film, reading a favourite book, cooking or baking, talking to friends, or drawing or writing.
Reassure them this will pass, you’re there for them, and you will get through this together. Having returned to some of their normal activities over the summer, going back into stricter measures might feel frustrating for your child. They may even be worried that things will never get better. Recognise how difficult this is, while also letting them know that things will get better.
Spend time doing positive activities together. This can help them to feel calmer by giving them a short break from everything that’s going on. It’s also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns, without having a ‘big chat’.
Keep to normal routines, as much as possible, to help your child feel safe and secure. This can include things like having regular times for going to bed, waking up, eating meals and doing hobbies.
Taking time to listen to each other’s concerns is particularly key in relation to children and young people, who may feel overwhelmed by a complex and changing situation. Where possible, try to reassure your child, while also being open so they trust you to be honest with them.
Looking after your physical health can have a positive impact on your mental and emotional well-being. Making time to exercise is important even if it’s just going for a short stroll.
Below you will find some information and links to websites to help you support your child's mental health. These resources are intended for self-help and are not intended as a substitute for professional services.
Please seek help from a crisis service, doctor or Mental Health Service if you are in crisis. Please note, this is not an exclusive list and subject to change; all websites and resources were accessible at time of this document being produced (04/02/2021).
Please remember to promote the use of our Thrive support for your children. If they require any support with their mental health, they can email us: