As a part of #GrowingHealthyMinds initiative to create awareness about children’s mental health, we are pleased to announce a Facebook LIVE Session with Clinical Psychologist and School Counselor- Meera Gupta. Meera holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and has been working with students for close to a decade. In the Facebook LIVE Session, Meera would address the various aspects of a child's mental well being, the role of the caretakers and address parents and teacher queries. You may leave questions below in the comment box. Don't forget to tune in to our Facebook page at 4 pm on the 26th of July, Thursday!
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network created a trauma toolkit for educators. This toolkit provides school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system. The information provided ranges from facts about the psychological and behavioral impacts of trauma on students of all ages, as well as suggestions for educators to take care of both themselves and their students' mental states. To access this informative document, please visit https://www.nctsn.org/resources/child-trauma-toolkit-educators and for more information on mental health, be sure to visit helpyourkeiki.com!
Photo courtesy of Noël via Flickr.
I am very happy to announce that in September I will not only be providing relax kids classes for children but will also be running a session just for mums 'relax kids for mummies'. One whole hour all to yourself - rejuvenate, relax and reconnect with yourself. In relation to this I have created a blog post on my website all about mental health in motherhood.
Please click the link in my bio for my website and visit the blog page 💖😄
"Hi, my name is Lucy and my passion to teach Relax kids magical classes is due to a combination of my past experiences and knowledge. I have fourteen years experience within childcare and educational settings. In which time I have recognised extreme changes in the demands on our children and the impact this is having on their emotional well-being. My childhood was spent giving my all to dance and drama classes, something which built my self-esteem and confidence. I have personally studied mindfulness for the past four years and have also used Relax kids techniques with my own children, experiencing the benefits as a parent first hand. I have a first class degree in Psychology, equipping me with vast amounts of knowledge in relation to causes, symptoms and treatments of mental health. As parents we hear a lot about our children's physical health and are constantly signing up to classes which encourage this. However, an area of our children's development we often forget about enhancing is their mental health. I am excited to start changing the lives of our next generation, and through these classes create calm, confident children in the chaotic times we live in!"
Look at the happiness flowing from this beautiful bunch of women! And why are they so happy? Because they are the most recent graduates of our Flow Child Yoga Teacher Training Course! 😍
And guess what? We have another course commencing in a few weeks so if you love yoga, love kids and really want to transform yourself and your yoga practice then head to our website to sign up or find out more information.💜 Flow Child Yoga is a union of the research of Dr Maxine Therese and Di Meade’s professional teaching experience in Yoga and meditation. This children’s yoga teacher training course is a unique fusion of yoga, meditation and yoga therapy, specifically designed for children. The course prepares you with the skill and qualification to begin to teach yoga to children as a means of further supporting children's wellbeing and flow. 🙏
There are only a few spots left for this amazing course so click on the link in bioh now to secure your place. 😊
New figures released this month from Childline show a 14% rise (2017/18) in children reaching out for help with feelings of loneliness and isolation as they struggle with the pressures of growing up in today's society - girls received almost 80% of Childline's sessions, sharing concerns about social media use and how comparing themselves to others online made them feel increasingly isolated.
Read my article, Feeling Lonely, for tips on what signs to look for and ways to help:
Link is in my bio
Mental health in children is massively important, how they feel as children affects their whole lives and determines their future. Kids are little sponges and small things we don’t think twice about affects them massively.
Often we need someone to reflect back what we know and feel to be true but have not been able to put into words. Someone to read us and reflect back what they see.
This would have to be the favourite part of my work...to be able to help others see their best growth when life is sending challenging messages.
The other day I was lucky enough to support this beautiful woman in my clinic doing what I love and yesterday she read me with her beautiful energy as a clear Channel of love. If you need a forecast about your direction in business or life, @clairvoyant_mystic_beauty is the Oracle for the task! ♥️
I have thought long and hard about posting this or anything too personal but the last few days have been horrific and I really feel that if we don’t talk about it, then we are not facing it. My son is 10. My son is bright, articulate, funny, loving and kind. My son is suicidal. My beautiful bright boy faces demons in his head Every. Single. Day. Tonight I have had to lock doors and hide keys, hide all knives and physically have him in bed with me so I can make sure he doesn’t harm himself. He said that if I really loved him I would let him go so that he doesn’t have to suffer anymore. I can’t tell you what that does to you as a parent. We have tried therapists, specialist teachers, natural remedies and reiki...I have BEGGED CAMHS and social care for help and been fobbed off god knows how many times by being told I should attend autism parent workshops. I have paid thousands of pounds to see experts and psychiatrists privately and still we are passed from pillar to post. I am desperate...not for myself but for the life of my son and for his MENTAL WELLBEING. Watching him suffer is killing me. Please everybody, I beg you, spread the word, our children are being failed and it’s a very real problem. We are living proof. #children#childrensmentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealth#pda#pathalogicaldemandavoidance#autism#autismawareness#suicideprevention#suicideboys#suicidegirls#kidsneedhelp#adhd#camhs#psychology#therapy#spreadtheword#help#support#awareness#talkaboutmentalhealth#nhs#asd#suicide
I'm just starting out as an author and writer of wellbeing articles for children... and on a budget, so I enlisted help from my young daughter and her friend for my website "photo shoot" - this one didn't make it on to the website but it is my favourite! Maybe not the most flattering but the photo captures the fun we had x
I am so proud of you Brooke Madison .... you are surprising me every day 💜 5 weeks into her CBT therapy .... she has conquered some massive fears. To other people they may not seem like big mile stones , but this little girl will see fear and feel worried and every day she is learning how to deal with those emotions . She has learnt to ride her bike, she has enrolled in 2 new dance classes and has had her first swimming, she is trying new things, she is stepping out of her comfort zone and starting to believe in herself. She is listening to firework noises, she has blown out her own birthday candles and she is building herself up to try and hold a sparkler. A huge difference from the beginning of the year. One trigger can cause a massive life change and she is coping so well with these tests. I will love her no matter what. All I can do is help and encourage her to be the best version of herself and give her the best life to live 💜 #MentalHealth#ChildrensMentalHealth#CBT#Anxiety#BeKind#OneStep#Proud#TimeToTalk#UnderstandingMyGirl#ItsReal
Are you looking for a new way to connect with your students?
Would you like to know more about incorporating the Childosophy methodology into your classroom?
Then join Dr Maxine Therese in this transformational workshop where your understanding of the behaviours and symptoms children present with in the classroom will be changed forever. Dr Therese's research, and her Foundational Needs Model, is pivotal in helping us to resituate what we already know about child development and children's needs in a whole new way.
Learn to 'Be in the Question' through a 7-part program that will transform your practice and deepen your understanding and application of the 7 Foundational Needs in the Classroom.
These amazing workshops are being held in the Hunter Valley on Friday 24th of August and in Geelong on Friday 31st August. This training meets Professional Standards for teachers 1.5, 1.6 and 4.1.
You will also be provided with a fully catered lunch.
You do not want to miss this opportunity to transform your classroom! Spaces are filling quickly so click on the link in bio for further information and to reserve your place.
Purple is known as a relaxing and soothing colour and the flower represents growth and blooming to our full potential but there is still more to my logo than my love of purple flowers. 🌱
The petals represent areas I think are necessary for our emotional health. 🌱
Footprints for physical factors such as healthy nutrition and physical activity. A phone for digital wellbeing and safety on social media, without too many comparisons to what others present. People for social support, friends and family. The heart for emotional or spiritual input, meditation, activities we can be fully engrossed in, and watching our thoughts. A calendar for structure and activities that are enjoyable and that make us “feel good” or that we’ve achieved something. 🌱
The bigger petals represent areas people may need more help with, when difficulties impact on day to day life and functioning, crossing the line from difficulties to potential disorders. 🌱
A jigsaw for diagnosis, paper for explanation and understanding and finally a prescription pad for treatment, although that isn’t always medication. 🌱
This sack, although not huge, speaks volumes! I turned to mindfulness after having George. I was struggling with anxiety which I had never had before and I needed something. I'm an RE teacher and found that my inner hippy with its mediation, yoga and positive vibes was not quite hitting the spot. Once I started I was hooked! I used it more with my kids in school and could see the positive impact it was having with them. Today our children have an amazing world with its technology and open mindedness but these also bring problems. Pressure, stress, anxiety - no child should ever feel worthless. I became a relax kids coach and started making my activity sacks because I'm passionate about the development, mental health and wellbeing of our children. .
I have put this sack together with the hope that it empowers and helps to develop a better mindset for anyone who really needs it.
Read Stories, Build Empathy... When we read fiction our brains are tricked into thinking we're genuinely part of the story. A Cambridge University study (Nikolajeva) found that “reading fiction provides an excellent training for young people in developing and practising empathy and understanding of how other people feel and think”
Daisy the Hedgehog is a story about being different, which looks at issues such as sadness and feeling lonely, and is an opportunity to teach young children positive values about tolerance and acceptance.
Find out more on my website, link in bio...
Big thanks to IslandMums.com for publishing my article on Childhood Anxiety.... Feeling Anxious? Don't worry! You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think!
"What if someday there came a tomorrow when we were apart?"....
Read the full article on my website: www.traceythomson.com The link is in my bio x
Are you a Dandelion or an Orchid?
In Sweden there is a phrase that describes kids who have the ability to survive, maybe even thrive, no matter what life throws at them. They are called "Dandelion Children" because they are resilient and get on with the job of growing whatever their circumstances...
Read the full article on my website: www.traceythomson.com
The link is in my bio
Mirror, Mirror... Every relationship is a mirror. We subconsciously imitate the behaviour of those around us, especially when we are in the company of those we trust such as close friends or family.
Rosie and Sid are brother and sister from the same litter, they’ve definitely mastered the art of mirroring behaviour!