Well-being for parents/carers


Parent Anxiety Handout


Dear Parents,
From next week Garfield there will be a phased reopening to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  Some of you will have decided to send your children back to school and will be feeling quite apprehensive about this.  We have put together some information for parents on the changes at school and there is a booklet for the children.  Both will be available on the Garfield website.  Please take time to read this information and share the book with your children.  
Even if you have decided to continue to home school your child and not send them back yet, or if your child is not in one of the year groups returning, please still take the time to talk through the changes with them so that they are prepared for when they do return.  
There is some very useful information and support on the Place2Be website.  Here is the link for you:
We hope this helps and will we continue to add to our area on the website to support you as best we can.  
Take care and stay safe.
Mrs C Walls and Miss Longstaff



Parental Wellbeing letter May 20

20 May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer and Pupil,

We hope that you and your families are keeping healthy and safe during this challenging period.

I would like to take this opportunity to reinforce that Garfield School take the well-being of parents, pupils and staff to heart. Developing positive mental well-being and offering more mechanisms of support, is our goal.

The Lockdown period has been a testing time for all of us and as a result some families may be trying to cope with additional worries, experiencing an increase in emotions and also struggle to keep spirits high. All these elements may have an impact on positive well-being.

Finally, I include some important websites and links of organisations and services for your information below, which are also available on our school website.

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm) Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk


CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight) Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Men’s Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities. Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk


Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)Website: www.mind.org.uk


Young suicide prevention society. Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org


Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm) Website: www.youngminds.org.uk


A free service providing advice to people of all ages about drugs; can provide information about local support services.

Tel: 0800 77 66 00



Anonymous resource for children from the ages of 11-18 years old, an online resource to help support mental well-being for children and young people.

Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)


Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty. Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline (24-hour helpline) 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline) Website: www.nspcc.org.uk


Family Lives

Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying. Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm) Website: www.familylives.org.uk


Offers accommodation and support to women and children escaping domestic violence.

Tel: 0808 200 0247

Runaway Helpline

24-hour confidential free phone number providing support and a ‘message home’ service.

Tel: 0808 800 7070


The above is of course by no means an exhaustive list but it gives an indication of some of the organisations out that that can offer help where it is needed.

Wishing you all joy, happiness and optimum well-being.





When things are getting too much, try and set aside some time for yourself to practice some mindfulness.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • A relaxing bath
  • Some colouring
  • Listen to some calming music
  • Try a guided meditation (there are lots on YouTube)
  • A walk in nature



This is a strange time for us all and as parents trying to juggle your usual duties, working from home, as well as home-schooling your children we want to support you the best way that we can.

www.twinkl.co.uk is a great website with lots of resources. While schools remain closed to most pupils membership with Twinkl is free. You just need to sign up. As well as catering for the children, they have some information and resources for parent wellbeing.

Here is the link https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/wellbeing-parents/parents-wellbeing-mental-health-and-wellbeing/parental-wellbeing-parents

There is also some great advice on Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

And please remember…








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