PSHE and Emotional Health

Emotional Heath Acknowledgement ideas from Derbyshire Behaviour Support Service - click here for parents; click here for children; click here for staff.

The link below is a website for anyone to access which offers information about emotional health services which are currently available in Derbyshire:
Updated guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during coronvirus Covid 19 pandemic

Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has brought a lot of sudden changes for families with children (March 2020). Parenting can be very rewarding. However, in these uncertain and challenging times you may be feeling stressed as you try to balance work, childcare and self-care while dealing with worries – both your children’s and your own. In recognition of this, East Berkshire CCG have put together some of the best reliable and free sources of information and advice to help you and your family to cope under lockdown. Click here to read #Coping - Family Life During Lockdown

'The Elf who missed his Birthday Party' - this is a great therapeutic story from Nottinghamshire Education Psychology Service.  It is about an elf who cannot celebrate his birthday due to lockdown from a strange occurrence. Click here to read the story. This is a link to The East Midlands Education Support Service Education Psychology Resources

This is a link to CAMHS resources - the was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being:

Healthy Minds - Tips for looking after you from Sheffield Children's NHS. To read, click here.

Here is a list of websites and apps that are helpful for managing mental health (from NHS Midlands Partnership including Derby and Derbyshire NHS):

NHS Every Mind Matters


This websites offers a range of mental health advice as well as an interactive quiz that designed to help you feel more in control of your emotional/mental wellbeing.


Qwell is a free online Mental Health and Wellbeing resource for parents and carers of young people under the age of 18 that requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website. Available 365 days of the year via mobile, tablet and desktop devices from 12 noon to 10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm at weekends, the service provides access to accredited counselling support, peer support via online forums and relevant articles detailing a variety of topics.  

Kooth (for older children)

This site contains free mental health support with their online counsellors.  It is a free sign up service that has resources such as discussion boards, helpful tips/articles written by young people and an option for them to write mood journals and set positive goals.


A mental health charity for children and young people that has a wide variety of helpful videos, games and articles.  They have a free telephone helpline (0800 1111) and message boards where young people are encouraged to share experiences and support each other in a positive way.


A relaxing musical app that helps people try to capture their mood and express it by making music within the program and capturing it in a journal format.  Note: you do not need to know how to play an instrument to use this app.

Combined Minds

This app contains pseudo-education for parents families and friends with practical advice on how to provide mental health support to children and young people.

Clear Fear

An app to help children and teenagers manage anxiety through distractions and helpful activities.


A mindfulness app that includes various relaxing sounds to listen to as well as 'sleep stories' and some guided meditations.


A mental health charity that gives help and advice for young people as well as encouraging them to get involved in fundraising/campaigning to raise awareness for children and young people's mental health.


A mindfulness app that has more of a 'podcast feel' to it with various talks, guided meditations and helpful videos available.


A charity that offers mental health support and information online for everyone.  Their helpline is free and available for all ages. Call 116 123 or email 24/7.

Calm Harm

An app to help teenagers manage/resist the urge to self harm by providing a range of distraction techniques.


A charity that promotes mental health in teenagers as well as encouraging them to build resilience and manage difficult emotions via online resources.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

Registration: not required


Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.

Registration: not required

Children’s Commissioner

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus.

Registration: not required


Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

Registration: is required

The Child Bereavement Network

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.  A site which has resources for young resources for young people who are grieving, as well as providing information and advice to families/professionals on how to best support a young person who is bereaved. A helpline is also available on 0800 028840.

Registration: not required

A 'Children's Guide to Coronavirus' from the Children's Commissoner

A DCC booklet COVID-19, a information for younger children

Derbyshire County Council Web Site

Derbyshire County council web site - on this site, you will find basic advice for signposting people to mental health support, and how to talk to children in school about COVID19, and advice via online support from the Education Psychology department.

The link below has more ideas about staying emotionally well:

A booklet about supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19 giving advice for parents, carers and people that work with children and young people

Educational Psychology Service

Managing anxiety age by age

Also from Hey Sigmund. A guide about what to expect age by age around anxiety, strategies and tips on when to get help.

Talking about world trauma with kids

Another great article from Hey Sigmund!

CoronaVirus Anxiety: 4 Ways to cope with Fear

Brain Pop Video

This is a great clip for kids, explaining the virus and how to stay healthy.

This is a Social Story for those children anxious about the current situation. 

This is a link to a World Health Organisation poster produced for parents to help children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak.


Mrs Hart very much likes to combine mindfulness with crafts! So with that in mind, here is a lovely activity - some mindful colouring making a mobile.
The template can be downloaded here:

Mrs Hart has suggested this link to a website that hosts free mindfulness scripts, as she knows many of the children love listening to them at the end of their sessions. It's Australian, so the accent might take a bit of getting used to, but there are a mixture of themes and lengths to choose from - some may even have listened to one or two in class:

Simply create a free account and you can get started!

And here is another link to a lovely spoken script (The Little White Boat) that you can read out loud:

Scroll down the page to find the words or scroll right to the bottom to find a download option.