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Lockdown Update - 22nd May 2020

Weekly Update from the St George's Foundation Office - a focus on Mental Health Awareness Week

21 May 2020
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Mental Health Awareness Week

This week we are focussing on Mental Health Awareness Week.  You might be 'shielding' and feeling isolated; you might be finding it difficult to work from home and manage your children; the constant stream of news might be making you, a family member or friend feel anxious.  While face-to-face support is restricted, there is a wide array of online resources to help your well-being.  A selection is listed below:

Wellbeing Activities

Self-Care Challenge A 30-day self-care challenge with lots of ideas for mindful activities to be completed, could be done as a family.
Seven-day positivity journal A seven-day positivity journal for noting gratitude and appreciation. Useful for someone whose mindset has switched to a place of negativity and can only see problems.
A guide to talking to someone about their mental health This guide is a useful prompt when speaking to someone who is sharing about their poor mental health. Important to remember that in these situations we need to support, not fix.
Who do I want to be during Covid-19 This is a fantastic infographic for people to assess which zone they are currently in and what they need to do to move into more positive zones. Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?
Yoga for teens This is a yoga session for teens with Adriene, she has many other videos online.
Yoga for kids This is a yoga session for children with Adriene, she has many other videos online.
Cosmic Kids This is a website combining fun yoga sessions for younger children with storytelling. A collection of mental health and wellbeing videos.
Dynamic dudes at home As well as teaching your child to perform cool new movement skills that underpin a range of sports and recreational activities, the videos equate to 15-20 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.
MindUP MindUP activities are created to help bring mindful, positive and happy moments into your home. MindUP is designed to help your child develop an understanding of their brain, emotions and actions. These activities help build their focus and awareness, and form positive relationships with others.
Doing MindUP activities and practices together will support wellbeing and help encourage a calmer, happier and more optimistic home.
Learning through landscapes For those with access to outdoor spaces this website supports parents and carers to better understand the benefits of the outdoors to children’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, behaviour and attainment.
Red Cross Power of Kindness Calendar This resource has lots of wellbeing related activities and ideas you could complete at home as families.
May wellbeing activity calendar Whilst May has already begun this provides a range of wellbeing activities which can be completed at home.

Wellbeing Guides

SHINE Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network advice for parents on supporting children during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Stress Control are offering free live streamed sessions on the topic of controlling stress.
Taking care of your sleep A useful guide for taking care of your sleep during lockdown.
Cafcass Balancing effective remote working and busy homelife - really helpful for those with younger children. This document has a range of excellent ideas and suggestions from how to build routines to activity ideas.
7 ways to practice emotional first aid Guy Winch shares a fantastic article on practical emotional first aid.

Wellbeing information and support

NHS Mental Health Helplines Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice on a large range of mental health topics.
BBC Bitesize BBC bitesize has long supported the educational development of children, they have now created a new set of resources for parents aimed at supporting children of all ages. The sites features a range of helpful articles and videos.
Parent Line Scotland Scotland’s free helpline, email and web-chat service for anyone caring for or concerned about a child – open 9am-9pm Mon- Fri. Call: 08000 28 22 33 Email:
SAMH Scottish Association for Mental Health. SAMH believe that there is no health without mental health. Here to provide help, information and support. Advice for staying safe online whilst they are learning at home.
STEM Supporting Teenage Mental Health website, this has an excellent set of resources.
NSPCC Keeping children safe, excellent advice and support for parents.



  • The OGA AGM has been rescheduled to Thursday 4th June at 6.30pm and will take place online.  Details on how to join if you're interested in attending 'virtually' will be available soon.
  • The OGA Summer Lunch (was scheduled for Saturday 6th June) has been postponed.  We will rearrange when it is safe to do so.
  • Please remember also that we have offers of help from among the Community - if anybody needs assistance with shopping etc, please get in touch and we can try to link you up.

With all best wishes from the St George's Foundation Office

*please note that we have no connection to any businesses or websites mentioned in this article, and are merely sharing publicly-available information.

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