7 STEPS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD'S WELLBEING - NOW AND IN THE FUTURE

Jun 14, 2018

Go online, Google it, ask a friend, ask the audience!! You’ll get many different definitions of what well-being actually is. My favourite definition is summed up by The World Health Organisation: “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

Why is it my favourite? Well, it has everything to do with self-esteem, knowing your worth, understanding yourself as an individual and knowing that you can have value as a person – in work/family/relationships/community. It also has to do with managing emotion, coping with life’s obstacles and finding and using the positive (gratitude/affirmation/meditation …) to enhance and strengthen that well-being.

I put my hand up and say that I have really struggled with well-being over the years. I have had the...

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EARLY YEARS - THE REALITY, THE FEARS

Jun 04, 2018

I was recently delighted to be asked to attend the Minds Matter 2018 Conference in London. It was an informative conference, speakers included Amanda Spielman of Ofsted and Neil Leitch. Most of the talks were around the mental health of our very young children, and those who work with them in the Early Years sector. There was also an impressive Awards ceremony, where people who had contributed to the Early Years sector were recognised - I'm not ashamed to say that I shed a few tears! The delight of seeing young people coming into the sector and SHINING! The incredible stories of people who had dedicated forty years to looking after nursery aged children. The inspiring stories of those who've developed new incentives to improve the quality and delivery of learning and development for our young children. Just WOW!

I have worked in the Early Years sector for many years, both in the UK and abroad. I have seen how childcare providers make a difference and enhance the learning and...

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9 SKILLS TO HELP YOUR CHILD GAIN ROBUST MENTAL HEALTH FOR LIFE

May 16, 2018

This week is mental health awareness week. Any of you who follow my posts/blogs/live videos will know that mental health is a subject very close to my heart. I lost my sister to suicide, I myself have Bipolar Type 2 and I’m currently being treated for PTSD.

This week it has been announced that there has been a rise in the number of Primary School children being referred to mental health services. Think about it – ‘Primary School’ children, how awful is that? 1 in 4 people in this country will be affected by mental health issues in their lifetime – with this figure expected to increase considerably over the next ten years. Couple this with a considerable reduction of mental health services and support available to those affected, and you can see why it’s vital that our children have robust mental health, to help them with whatever the future brings to their life experience.

It’s why I created my Facebook Group – why I’ve written...

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THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS IN OUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

May 14, 2018

Today, at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week it was announced that Britain's primary schools are facing a mental health crisis. Figures show that the number of children needing NHS counselling has risen by a third.

The report, by the NSPCC, states that children as young as three were referred to professionals by their teachers. It also states that the number of under-11s needing psychological help rose to almost 19,000 in the past year, from less than 14,000 just three years earlier.

Overall, the number of referrals to mental health services by all schools rose by almost 10,000 (from 25,140 in 2014/15) to 34,757 in 2017/18.

What I find incredibly shocking is that more than HALF of these were for primary school children, with experts warning that this suggested that there was not enough help for the youngest children available in school.

To illustrate this point the report found that, over the last three years, nearly a third of referrals from schools to the 45...

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WHY I'M A POSTIVE COW...

May 08, 2018

I always think that one of the most important traits for our children to have, one of the most effective ways of having a lasting feeling of well-being, is for them to be positive in their thoughts and all they do. To be the glass half full person and not the glass half empty. It's our responsibility to show them how and be the best role model we can be.

I had a busy morning ahead of me today, with an important appointment …

Good News:    I took the dogs out this morning. It was beautiful, the sun was warm, there was no-one around. It was a typical May day – everything in bloom and vibrant green. I had a busy day ahead, it was a great way to re-charge my batteries and get ready for the week.

Bad News:      Just before we arrived back to the car our black dog found THE ONLY PUDDLE in the field and proceeded to ignore my appeals for her to “Come here” as she rolled in it. I had an appointment for 11am, with a 40-minute drive. The more...

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YESTERDAY I HAD TO PHONE 999 !!

May 03, 2018

Yesterday afternoon I was about to leave for a meeting in London. On my way to the car, I noticed smoke coming from the flats over the road, heavy smoke. There was no-one around, so I walked across – it was coming from the covered car parking, mostly wood and slate. Cars were still in the covered spaces. I wasn’t sure at first whether someone was burning garden waste or … then very quickly realised that this was no bonfire. I ran back to the house to get my phone, by the time I was calling IN the incident to 999 the fire was out of control. The wood, slates, cars, were on fire.

What took me aback was the noise – it was a roar, a huge, terrifying roar of flame. I’ve never experienced that before. The smoke was by now intense, dark and all-enveloping, quite toxic, the smell was stomach churning and caused me to hold my breath. The flames were tall, really tall – half the height of the four-floor block of apartments. This had all accelerated in a...

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