Mental Health

Coronavirus: resources for dealing with the effects of lockdown

There are lots of new situations and emotions that children may be experiencing during the lockdown. There may be more conflict at home, increased levels of loneliness and isolation, or even difficulty sleeping.

We’ve rounded up guidance, videos and practical activities to support children and families with the different effects the lockdown may be having on them.

Coronavirus: resources for dealing with the effects of lockdown

Daubeney’s 100 Active Challenge

Daubeney children took part in the Daubeney’s 100 Active Challenge.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2021

Express Yourself – 1st February 2021 – 5th February 2021

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Breathing with our Junior Mental Health Team

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Did you know……

16 million people in the UK experience a mental illness
One in four adults will experience a mental illness at some point each year in the UK.

Three in four mental illnesses start in childhood
75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 15.

10% of school children have a diagnosable mental illness
In an average class of 30 young people, three will have a mental health problem. Figures show 10% of children aged 5-16 have been diagnosed with a mental health problem.

75% of young people with a mental health problem are not receiving treatment
There has been a rise in the time children are having to wait to receive treatment for complex mental health conditions, and children with depression and anxiety are often not being identified or given help.

Tips for Children

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Junior Mental Health Team

The Junior Mental Health Team wanted to create a video for everyone to share information on how to look after our mental health.

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World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2019

Throughout the week, Daubeney participated in assemblies, parent workshops and class activities to celebrate the fantastic World Mental Health Day.

This year our focus was ‘I Love Me’. Children discussed the importance of  being unique and participated in activities celebrating what they loved about themselves.

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Year 3 - 'I Love Me' Portraits

As yesterday was world mental health day Year 3 have been thinking about their emotions and their self worth. With the theme of ‘I love me’ the children drew a self portrait and wrote what they love about themselves...

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Year 6 - 6S Mental Health Day 2019

In 6S we have been learning about how to take care of our mental health and the mental health of others. We learnt about how words, in the words of Albus Dumbledore, are capable of inflicting pain and remedying it.

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Odd Socks Day 2019

The children have been Celebrating Differences in JIGSAW sessions and discussing that it is ‘Good to be Different!’.

On Friday 15th November we celebrated our Uniqueness with our annual ‘Odd Socks Day’.

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Daubeney’s Act of Kindness Challenge

“Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.”

During our ‘Change Starts With Us’ week, the children were given a challenge to complete 25 act of kindness.

The children loved sharing kindness throughout Daubeney and their homes.

This is just a few of the children who completed the challenge! Well done Daubeney for making a difference in someone’s life!

Celebrating Differences


The children have been discussing how it is OK to be different.

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'Talking about Emotions’ Workshop

On Tuesday 5th March parents were invited to our ‘Talking about Emotions’ Workshop.

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Jigsaw in Autumn 2 2019 - Celebrating Differences

Last half term, we ended our JIGSAW theme ‘Celebrating Differences’ with a BANG! We came to school wearing traditional clothes and families made special traditional food that was shared with their class.

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Family Matters Workshop – Dreams and Goals

"Have a vision, it is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the impossible"
(Walt Disney)

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At Daubeney, we have been learning the benefits of meditation. We try to incorporate mediation within our school day.

Here are a few of the benefits of children’s meditation:

Enhanced focus

In just a generation or two, things have changed so much that our attention spans can’t keep up. Between social media and technological gadgets, kids – and adults – are constantly surfing the internet, interacting via social media and playing video games indoors instead of reading a book, taking a walk or playing sports. Children who grow up with their noses in their devices often find it difficult to focus and remain attentive. Meditation teaches them that it’s possible to direct their attention at one thing at a time, and that it actually feels great not to be distracted.

Fostering compassion and self-esteem

Due to pressures and circumstances beyond their control (and sometimes beyond anyone’s control), kids may sometimes feel like they’re not able to pass muster. This can be tough sometimes, especially when a child is bullied or badly teased by others. Most of the insecurities people have as adults can be traced back to their childhoods. The good news is that meditation can bolster children’s feelings of security, empathy and inner stability, and this, in turn, builds compassion, joy and self-esteem. Meditation teaches kids – and adults – that right now is enough.

Boosting confidence

Mindfulness for children helps kids gain self-awareness and become more confident. The confidence develops naturally when kids learn from their meditation practice that they don’t have to react to all of their thoughts and emotions – they can choose which ones merit their attention and response. Confident kids are better equipped to deal with unfamiliar situations. Thanks to this adaptability, they become better problem solvers and develop a deeper appreciation of life.

Building empathy and happiness

Mindworks meditation expert Trungram Gyalwa says that the more you give to those around you, the more you gain. Children’s meditation helps them learn how to share their love with other children. They become more patient and understanding, listen more readily to others and empathize with them. One study cited in Slate Magazine “looked at the effectiveness of the Mindful Schools program on around 400 low-income, mostly minority elementary-school students. It found that after five weeks of regular mindfulness sessions, teachers reported that students became more focused, participatory, and caring.” Clearly, mindful children have the tools they need to be happy children.

Why not try some meditation at home?

Mental Health Links and Apps

The Body Coach TV - YouTube

Welcome to the Body Coach TV where I post weekly HIIT workouts to help you burn fat and get fitter, stronger, healthier and lean. You don't need a gym to get...

Meditation Apps for Kids

Common Sense Media editors help you choose Meditation Apps for Kids. Harness the power of technology to Zen out.


To help young people build resilience to become stronger, happier and healthier. The activities use gaming techniques to tackle tough challenges.


Allows people to track their mood.


Interactive mood diary for monitoring, understanding and improving emotional wellbeing.


Teaches mindfulness meditation principles to improve wellbeing.

Talking Mental Health - YouTube

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond. The animation and accompanying re...

Find Help - For Parents

Parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work.

JAM - Resource Centre

Free downloads of over 40 one-minute meditations, reflections and visualisations making j-a-m meaningful, easy and practical for everyone to use anywhere, anytime. Watch one-minute video testimonials from those already experiencing the benefits from just-a-minute.


Child Bereavement UK

Aims to help young people who have lost someone feel less alone, and gives information on where they can get more support.

Cruse-Bereavement Care

Tel: 0808 808 1677 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
Offers support, information and advice to children, young people and adults when someone dies.


A learning programme for teachers and pupils based on Positive Psychology and mindfulness

Muslim Youth Helpline

Support to young Muslims in distress. They offer email support, a helpline and online internet counselling.


Tel: 116 123 (anytime)
Confidential emotional support service.


Tel; 0300 123 3393 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
Text: 86463
National mental health charity.


Free online support for young people delivered by qualified counsellors via chat based services.


DfE developed advice and tools to help support schools promote positive mental health and identify and help those in need.

Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools

DfE developed advice and tools to help support schools promote positive mental health and identify and help those in need.

YoungMinds Parent's Helpline

Tel: 0808 802 5544 (weekdays 9.30am-4pm)
Charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, and empowering parents and carers.


Tel: 0808 802 5544 (weekdays 9.30am-4pm)
Charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, and empowering parents and carers.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Tel: 0207 794 2313
Children’s mental health charity

Action for Happiness

Provides resources and ideas for actions to reduce and prevent mental ill health.

World Mental Health Day

This year, Daubeney is learning about mental health and how important it is to not only look after our physical health but our mental health too.

On 10th October 2018, we celebrated World mental Health Day and discussed how it is important to talk about our feelings and what to do if they become overwhelming.

Mental Health Highlights


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