Back to school
Parents & teachers

Are you worried about your child returning to school? Or perhaps, you’re a staff member at a school, and have your own concerns about going back? We understand that this will be a stressful time for many.

Whatever’s playing on your mind, we’re here to help.

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It’s important to remember that it’s ok to feel anxious about these changes

When speaking to children and young people about their return to schools, do reassure them that it’s ok to be worried and feel anxious. Remind them that they are not alone, and that all their friends will have similar worries. 

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Equally, it’s important for parents, carers and school teachers to know that a return to school will not be as simple as it sounds

Things will be different for a while and we all need to adjust to new ways of working.

Don’t forget to discuss this with your child. Remind them of the good times they previously had in school, but also it’s important to help them to understand that life at school will not be the same as it was before the pandemic, and things will be different for a while.

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We have a range of online resources available for young people, parents and teachers to help with mental and physical wellbeing.

This includes 5 Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation, that paves out evidence-based steps to help with your daily routine.

The 30-3-30 approach is another wellbeing activity, developed by 4 Mental Health, that takes the things you love doing to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Kooth is a completely free and anonymous community, where young people can chat to people who are feeling the same way as them or speak to a counsellor directly.

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Kooth

Kooth – An online mental wellbeing community

Join Kooth to receive, free, anonymous and safe mental wellbeing support. It doesn’t matter how big or small your concern is, the Kooth community is available to support you through it all.

Kooth is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and can be accessed  from noon until 10pm (weekdays) and from 6pm until 10pm (Saturday and Sundays). Answer a few simple questions to sign up, then log into to read articles, engage with people your age, or simply speak to a counsellor online. 

We’ve put together a list of resources and services for south east London residents aged 11 to 19.

We are here to…
listen to you, talk to you, help you.

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