Healthy Lives Families Update - spring term training offer, talking to your child about online sexual harassment, fatherhood and mental wellbeing webinar and podcasts for parents!

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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.


Spring term training offer for parents


Sleep and Mental Health (school staff and parents)

19th January 2022 from 10-11am and 21st January 2022 from 10-11am

The Healthy Lives Team will be hosting a free online webinar which aims to provide staff and parents with practical, easy to understand knowledge about sleep, interesting facts and a range of strategies and tips to take away and apply that very same evening! The webinars will cover topics such as the importance of sleep, identifying barriers to sleep, sleep cycles, routines and much more!

Please email to book your place.


Suicide Prevention - Overview Tutorial (parents only)

3rd February 2022 from 10 – 11.30am

This session will explore the language, and the challenges, when talking openly about suicide and will give parents the opportunity to understand the prevalence and impact of suicide. Parents will look at ways to recognise the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is having thoughts of suicide and will consider how we can all contribute to a suicide safer community.

Book here >

Responding to worries and fears: covid and beyond (parents only)

23rd February 2022 from 2 - 3pm

Short webinar for parents of primary and secondary age children followed by a Q&A session.  We will share practical strategies for responding to the concerns and worries of children and young people.

Please email to book your place.


Talking to your child about online sexual harassment: a guide for parents

The Children’s Commissioner for England has put together a guide for parents to support them to talk to their children about online sexual harassment. This guidance is based on the voices of young people giving adults their tips on how to tackle this subject. This guide serves as a starter kit – an entry point for parents and carers who want to talk to their children but need a bit of support to understand the issues and to start a conversation.

Download here >


Fatherhood & mental wellbeing

Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies has launched a new webinar: Fatherhood & mental wellbeing. This webinar is focused on exploring how becoming a father can impact on wellbeing and how to cope with these changes using CBT.

It aims to:

  • Explore the difficulties that new dad’s  can experience
  • Support the transition to becoming a dad
  • Discuss common experiences and concerns
  • Provide an introduction to CBT
  • Offer tips to support wellbeing

To register for this webinar you must be a resident or have a GP in Tower Hamlets

Register here >


Child in Mind

The Anna Freud Centre have produced a series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems.

The series, Child in Mind, is presented by BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond. In each 20-minute episode, she discusses an important issue in child and family mental health with an expert and a young person or parent.

Listen here >

And remember...


"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."


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The Healthy Lives Team

The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at school, work, or at home.

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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