Mental Health & Wellbeing

At this time of uncertainty, disrupted routine and restricted freedom, it is understandable to be feeling anxious.

  • Connect – With the people around you; with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
  • Be Active – Discover a physical activity you enjoy that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
  • Take Notice – Be curious. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling.
  • Keep Learning – Try something new. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving.
  • Give – Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Join a community group. Carry out a random act of kindness.

What supports positive mental health?

  • Friends and Family
  • Talk about how you are feeling
  • Exercise
  • Good Sleep Patterns
  • Eating healthily
  • Making time for yourself

Building Resilience

Life can become challenging and having the skill to work through potentially stressful situations is important.  Try to divide up stressful situations into smaller chunks so they become more manageable. You could also try to mentally step outside an issue and consider what advice you might give to another person with the same problem. Nurturing these coping skills will help you to develop a sense of bravery, an ability to solve problems, to stand up for your own views and beliefs, foster interests and making you feel better about yourself.

What can help?

You should consider:

  • Talking to someone you trust
  • Spend time with the people that make you feel good about yourself
  • Managing stress levels by talking to someone who may be able to offer support
  • Set tasks and goals that make you feel good about yourself.


Toolkit resource for pupils

Click on the links below for further advice, support and useful activities/strategies:

Young Person’s Mental Health Toolkit
View the toolkit
Calm Zone Toolbox
Mental Health Foundation
How to get help
Become a YoungMinds Activist
Anna Freud
Self-care: look after your own mental health

Your online mental wellbeing community
Take some time out and focus on yourself
Meic Cymru
Tips on learning from home while in lockdown
Mental Health Foundation
Guide to coping with Coronavirus

Happy Maps
Find out more
Toolkit for parents and carers

Click on the links below to access links for help, advice and support:

Supporting children and young people with anxiety
Supporting children and young people with loneliness
Supporting children and young people with bereavement
Privacy and security support
(PDF downloads)
Blackpool Better Start
How to talk to your child about the Coronavirus
Difficult feelings about the coronavirus pandemic
Supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic
Supporting parents helpfinder
Coronavirus welling activity ideas for families

Take some time out and focus on yourself
Worried about your child’s behaviour or mental health?
Coronavirus – Advice for family relationships during lockdown
Coronavirus – Ten tips to combat hidden losses from lockdown
Toolkit for staff

Click on the links below for further advice, support and useful activities/strategies:

Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Coping during Covid-19: How to stay happier and calmer in difficult times

Mental Health Foundation
Looking after your mental health as a teacher
Mental Health at Work
My whole self: supporting your mental health while working from home
Advice for family relationships during lockdown
Ten tips to combat hidden losses from lockdown
Coronavirus: Wellbeing activity ideas for families

Save the Children
Coronavirus: Information, Advice, Activities
The Lily Jo Project
5 tips from teachers about managing mental health in a pandemic
Resources to promote good mental health:

Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Five ways to wellbeing
World Health Organization
coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
(PDF Download)
Mental Health Foundation
Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Resources on remote working:

How to embrace remote working
(PDF downloads)
Mental health helplines:

The Samaritans offers free, confidential support 24 hours a day on 116 123
Find out more
Mental Health Foundation
Find a list of national mental health services and helplines at
Getting help
Exam Stress

Advice on managing stress at important moments video – Anna Freud Centre: If your child is struggling with their stress levels around important moments in the school calendar, like exams or university applications, they can watch this video to learn strategies for managing their emotions.

Young people’s wellbeing guide for stressful situations – Children’s Society: A guide for young people, by young people, about coping with stressful situations and advice on how to manage them. The guide was compiled during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown, so it includes useful information about dealing with issues caused by the pandemic too. This resource is for 11-16 year olds.

Exam stress advice booklet for students – Student Minds: This booklet offers practical tips and advice for students on coping with exam stress and feelings of worry around exam time.

Catch it, check it, challenge it, change it: CBT technique – Oxford Health This worksheet draws on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help young people manage anxious or stressful feelings.

For Primary age children:

Mindfulness calendar: daily five minute activities – Mentally Healthy Schools This is a two-week calendar with daily mindfulness activity suggestions. The simple, short activities encourage children to focus on what’s around them to find a sense of calm and tackle stress.