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Chat, Play, Read

You can encourage parents and carers to chat, play and read more with their children with the help of the Home Learning Environment campaign. Better Health Start for Life and the Department for Education will continue this campaign in 2023. From Monday 16th January national paid media and search advertising will be encouraging Chat, Play, Read.

A range of resources are available on the Campaign Resource Centre including A4 and A3 Posters, Empty belly posters (so you can add in local activities such as chat and play sessions), Digital Screens, Social Media toolkit and Campaign Communications Toolkit (which includes guidance for healthcare practitioners).

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Lift Someone Out of Loneliness

Loneliness can have a huge impact on our wellbeing, but there are lots of simple actions you can take to help lift yourself or others out of loneliness.

Following the success of last year’s national campaign, which saw some very positive steps towards people taking action to help feelings of loneliness, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will soon be launching their new loneliness campaign activity as part of the Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign.

The campaign primarily aims to reach 16-34 year olds by encouraging them to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’, knowing that this will likely help their own feelings of loneliness. This is based on recent research that shows that people in this demographic are at higher risk of feeling lonely compared to other age groups, but less likely to seek advice and support.

The Every Mind Matters loneliness webpage has advice for ways to help yourself or others who may be feeling lonely and suggested support routes.

The multi-channel, campaign will launch on 30th January and run until 13th March 2023.

The new and updated campaign toolkit for 2023, with updated key messaging, assets and draft social media copy is now available to download on the Campaign Resource Centre for you to use from 30th January.

They have also developed ‘Lift someone out of loneliness’ campaign posters which can also be downloaded on the Campaign Resource Centre.

If you require further information at this stage, please contact campaigns@dcms.gov.uk.

If you’re feeling lonely search ‘Every Mind Matters; for support and advice or go to https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/lifes-challenges/loneliness/.

Brook x Lil-Lets: Big Period Lesson Live

Calling all teachers! Brook and Lil-Lets invite you and your students to their Big Period Lesson Live at 10am on Wednesday 1 March 2023. This broadcast is free to access and aimed at everyone in year 6 and 7.

Led by expert Brook educators, this lesson will support your students to:

  • Define what puberty is and understand body changes
  • Understand the correct names for parts of the internal reproductive organs
  •  Understand key facts about periods and menstrual cycle – including the emotional and physical changes that people can experience
  • Understand that periods, experiences and bodies are unique for each person
  • Understand the range of products available and how to choose the right one for them
  • Identify ways to help someone manage their own menstrual cycle or support others
  • Know where to ask for help with questions about their bodies

It would be useful if the young people viewing the broadcast have access to a smart phone or personal device. They will be asking some questions on mentimeter.com and we would like as many people to take part as possible.
Register now!

How to Talk about Childhood Obesity - Toolkit

How we talk about child health and obesity matters. Impact on Urban Health have developed this toolkit,  with lots of resources, focusing on the language to be used when talking about childhood obesity.

Healthy Coping Strategies For Young People

The next Schools in Mind seminar will be exploring the importance of healthy coping strategies for dealing with difficult emotions.

Join them on 26th January, when they’ll share practical examples of coping strategies and emotional regulation tools that young people can use, and share resources to help education staff introduce these strategies to their students.

Book your free place now - Click Here

Guidance on physical activity for children and young people with disabilities

The UK Chief Medical Officers have released the first ever guidance on physical activity for children and young people with disabilities aged 2-17 years. There is an:

  • Evidence review - Findings of the health benefits and potential risks of physical activity for children and young people who have disabilities.
  • and an infographic, to summarise the results.
Brook's My Life 1-1 Programmes

Brook’s My Life  1-1 programmes are an early help intervention which aim to awaken and enhance young people’s motivation, knowledge  and skill to effectively assess and manage risk, build resilience and improve their own health and wellbeing.

Each programme follows a structure which enables the Brook specialist and the young person to work in partnership to create a bespoke programme which meets the needs of the young person. The sessions combine education on relevant relationships, sexual health and health and wellbeing topics and motivational and coaching activities all of which are selected from a toolkit of quality assured resources.  The My Life programme is a six week programme. The young person must agree to the referral and do not have to take part in the programme if they decide it is not for them.

To make a referral please follow this link

Smile Project

The SMILE (School Meals Initiative for Learning Healthy Eating) project seeks to educate and empower KS1 children to make healthy food choices. The two main components of the programme are the roll out of health promoting trays designed to help children eat and learn the correct portion sizes for the main food groups for a healthy balanced diet. Alongside this are the delivery of healthy eating discussions with children and if possible parents. Taking part would of course benefit KS1 children and their parents, but as a school it could also be used for the Healthy Schools London award and contributes towards PHSE healthy lifestyle delivery. If you are interested in your school taking part in this project, please fill in the expression of interest form.  You will be informed if your school meets the eligibility criteria and/or when your school can start the project (as it is run in cohorts).

Healthy Start Vouchers

The NHS Healthy Start Scheme is for those who want to give their child and themselves the healthiest start in life. The new prepaid card allows you to get at least £4.25 a per week of food staples & check your balance at nearby ATMs with the Mastercard logo.  If you’re pregnant or have a child under the age of 4, you could be entitled to receive a prepaid card to support the cost of healthy essentials.

There are many benefits to joining the NHS Healthy Start Scheme. It could take as little 5 minutes to see if you qualify and to complete the online application form. Find out more here.

Brain Breaks!

Brain breaks are mental and physical activities to break up a period of concentration. They may be particular useful after spending long periods sitting or using technology. The brain break may be relaxing or energizing, but they are always intended to get the body and mind going and help children focus once they return to normal classroom activities.

This resource from Anna Freud is designed for:

  • children of all ages
  • use with a whole class

Depending of the age of the children, the brain breaks could be used every hour or less for around five minutes. Try to use a variety, and fit them well to the mood and situation. For example, you should choose an active brain break if the previous activity is sedentary, or a maths-related one if you have been studying a different topic.

To download the resource click here

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