Every Mind Matters top tips
Every Mind Matters is part of the Better Health campaign, which aims to use this unique moment in time to help kickstart our health.
Good mental health can help us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. This page provides advice and guidance for educators on how to use the Every Mind Matters resources, and other relevant content, to support students’ mental wellbeing.
Supporting parents and carers to support their children
Every child, young person, parent and carer will have had different experiences as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and many will have faced more challenges than usual. Students may need extra support as they make the transition back to education, and while schools and colleges will have a role to play, parents and carers are in a unique position to assist students with these changes.
The tips below provide advice for teachers and educators on supporting parents and carers with the mental wellbeing of their children at this potentially challenging time.
1. Revisit the importance of routine
Structure and routine can be helpful and reassuring in times of change. Physical and mental health are linked, so regular sleep routines, healthy eating and getting active can make a big difference. Dedicate time to discussing the benefits of routine with students – this could support parents and carers in their efforts to re-establish home routines too.
2. Normalise discussions about mental wellbeing
We all go through times of feeling happy, sad, angry, stressed, and overwhelmed. Understanding that these feelings are normal is helpful, even when they are confusing. Try to model open discussions about mental health in your communications with parents and carers and encourage them to do the same at home.
You can also talk openly about mental wellbeing in the classroom. For primary schools, Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to promote children's mental health and wellbeing, such as this short video from Anna Freud on starting conversations in the classroom.