Mental Health & Wellbeing
At Owston Park, we pride ourselves on being a warm environment where individuality is nurtured, difference is celebrated and openness is promoted. We support our children to become independent, resilient, collaborative and adaptable learners, who have a voice about the type of support that they value. Our doors are always open to our parents and school community. We work closely with local agencies to signpost families to organisations that can provide support.
We are working towards the School Mental Health Award, in partnership with the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. We hope to achieve our award in Summer 2020. Watch this space for updates!
This unprecedented time is going to be hard for many of us. We've compiled a list of resources that may provide some support. As always, we are here for you. Please don't hesistate to contact us if you feel that you or your child need some support - we can signpost you in the right direction. The school building may be closed to everyone except key workers' children, but we're still here for you. Stay safe.
Resources to support children:
In this lovely little eBook, 'How to not go to school', each chapter explores an issue that might be weighing on children’s minds at the moment such as missing friends, dealing with emotions and feeling cooped up. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
This book, Coronosaurus Rex, is a fun story about a child who realises that the virus is not a huge dinosaur but a virus, and learns the best way to stay safe. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
This E-Book, 'Everybody Worries' by John Bergerman, is a picture book for children who are worried about Coronavirus. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
Young Minds is a fantastic charity who promote children's mental health. They have compiled a list of questions to ask children to open up the conversation around mental health during lockdown. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
Staying active is as important for the mind as it is for the body. Mr J has created some fantastic videos so you can recreate your PE lessons at home. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
Childline can offer advice for children feeling anxious or overwhelmed. CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Government guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and well-being during the coronavirus pandemic. CLICK HERE TO VIEW
CAMHS guidance on supporting children with their mental health during lockdown CLICK HERE TO VIEW
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have produced this document with advice CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Resources to support parents:
NSPCC guidance on parenting and your well-being during lockdown CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Doncaster Community Hub is a fantastic network who can support you with collecting medication, food and other essentials. CLICK HERE TO VIEW
The Early Help Hub have created a Virtual Family Hub, with virtual parenting sessions hosted by DCST Parenting team, 2-3pm on a Tuesday. CLICK HERE TO VIEW
If you are concerned about possible domestic abuse, either in your own house or others, there is a range of guidance. In an emergency, phone 999 and press 5 twice if they can't talk. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.