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Dunkirk Primary School

Dunkirk Primary School

Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing

Our children are just as concerned and worried as we may during these challenging times. Our children not only hear everything that is going on around them but they can feel our tension and anxiety. Although the idea of being off of school for a few weeks may have sounded fun and different at first, now we are off for another three weeks it may be starting to feel different. Over the coming weeks, you may see an increase in behavioural or emotional difficulties with your children. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it can happen. You may see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks. This can be normal and expected under these circumstances. If you feel that you or your child need some help managing emotions then the following services may be useful to you.



A free online book to share with your child about their feelings during this period. Click here to see the book

Counselling Services

The following services are free online or over the phone or by text:

The Samaritans available 24/7

Tel: 116123 (Free)



Young Minds for young people's mental health, available 24/7

Text: YM to 85258 (Free)


Child Line For all mental health needs/concerns, help or advice. There are lots of great resources that you/your child can access on the website too

Tel: 08001111 (free)

Child Line Toolbox - Toolbox of games, advice videos and ways to deal with emotions

Child Line Calm Zone - Calm zone for activities, breathing exercises and more


Mood Juice NHS contains self help guides and booklets, and recommendations for books to help you and your child understand your emotions, lots of links to services although some are not local

· Anger · Anxiety · Bereavement · Depression · Sleep Problems · Stress


On My Mind is a website that empowers children to learn how to support their own mental health and wellbeing. They talk about the importance of self-care


Grief Encounter Support for children who have been bereaved. Online chat function on the website

Tel: 0808 802 0111, e-mail:

NHS children and bereavement has advice if your child has a loved one who has died or is dying

Child Bereavement UK have lots fo resources and support for children who are bereaved, and for how to support children who are bereaved

Cruse have lots of resources and advices for parents

Self-care Apps

There are lots of different apps you can use for self-care, here are a few. As ever, if you are using something that you think would benefit other parents, please let us know so that we can add it to the list:

  • Mindful gnats (mindfulness & relaxation)
  • Headspace (meditation, mindfulness & sleep)
  • Calm Harm (managing self-harm)
  • Moodometer (to help track your moods and understand them)
  • Grief: Support for Young People (for anyone who has experienced bereavement)
  • What’s up (to help cope with depression, anxiety & stress)

Other Links

South Yorkshire Futures - have a lot of advice and for parents during this unusual time. Some of the resources relate to children's needs, and some are specific to covid-19

Mind - have useful advice for how to manage and cope if you have to go out to work during covid-19