Healthy Lives Families Update - Children's mental health week toolkit, personal wellbeing, bereavement and poetry

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The Healthy Lives Team Families update contains helpful information and activities for your whole school community


This is the FAMILIES newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team. Each Friday we share relevant information, activities and resources to support your ongoing health and wellbeing.

The HEALTHY LIVES TEAM supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We now have a Healthy Lives Team webpage where you can find out more about the team and access Healthy Schools resources and all our archived newsletters.

Anna Freud

Toolkit for teachers, pupils and parents during children’s mental health week

Once again, school, further education leaders and staff are on the front line, supporting children, young people and their families during the pandemic. Keeping schools open to vulnerable and key worker children whilst returning to remote learning during another lockdown is enormously challenging for everyone.

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have created the ‘Express Yourself’ toolkit  to help school staff, pupils, parents and carers to prepare for Children’s Mental Health Week running next week from 1st to 7th February.

 Download free resources >

Covid Support

How to support your own wellbeing

BBC Newsround has collaborated with psychologist Laverne Antrobus to compile a range of tips to look after yourself in the current climate.

  1. Connect with other people and talk about your feelings
  2. Keep active
  3. Try to be ‘mindful’ and don’t worry about what you can’t control
  4. Do what you enjoy
  5. Be kind

Access top tips >


Support after sudden bereavement from Covid-19

Thrive LDN on behalf of the Public Health England Office for London have designed this resource to support you if you are grieving the sudden death of someone close to you, or if you are supporting someone going through sudden bereavement.

They have outlined what might happen in the coming weeks and months. They have looked at a practical approach, around what processes and actions need to happen; and an emotional approach, looking at the many different feelings you may experience.

Get support >


Top tips for how to start writing poems

Poetry can be a great way of helping children (and adults) express themselves, share how they feel, or to tell a story. You just need your imagination!

BBC Newsround have put together these top tips to help you get started.

  1. Read lots of poetry to get inspired
  2. Keep a diary to keep track of events at home or beyond, real life events are great for inspiration
  3. Compare things to other things, for example ‘the light bulb in my room, burned like the sun’
  4. Be honest with your poetry, write about what’s important to you or how you feel
  5. Perform them to your family in lockdown

Find out more >

And remember...


"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day."

Vincent Van Gogh

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The Healthy Lives Team

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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