A to Z Healthy Coping Strategies Toolkit
Pupils at Caldew Lea Primary School are taught a variety of self-regulation strategies and coping strategies to help them cope with a variety of academic issues and mental health issues. While these are great in school, some children struggle out of school to cope with their feelings, their mental health and can then struggle to self-regulate their behaviour. Some children don’t have access to some of their usual support systems, like their friends or trusted adults in school. One way the A to Z is helping children overcome this is by offering healthy coping strategies, including self-care techniques and advice and guidance to manage their emotions.
Everything you can possibly think of has been covered in the toolkit below!
Click the clinks below for helpful advice and guidance:
- Abuse. Coping with abuse. If your child is experiencing or has experienced abuse, or you are worried they might be experiencing abuse, remember that you are not alone. On this page, you can find organisations that can help you.
- Anger. Supporting your child with anger. If you need support to respond to your child’s anger or aggression, here’s our advice on what you can do and where you can find help.
- ADHD. Supporting your child with ADHD If your child has ADHD, or you think they might, we have information on professional help, diagnosis and practical advice on supporting them with their ADHD and mental health.
- Anxiety. Supporting your child with anxiety. If your child is struggling with worry or anxiety, here are some ways you can support them and places you can get help.
- Autism. Supporting your child with autism. If your child is autistic, or you think they may be autistic, and it’s having an impact on their mental health, we have information and advice that can help you support them and find professional help.
- Baby/Toddler. If you have a baby or toddler and would like some help. If you have a baby or toddler and need some help, we’ve got information and advice about connecting with local parents and support, and finding organisations that can help you.
- Bullying. Coping with bullying. If your child is experiencing bullying, or you’re worried they might be, here are some ways you can support them and places you can get help.
- CAMHS. A Guide for Parents/Carers. A guide for parents and carers about NHS mental health support for children and young people, known as CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) or CYPMHS (Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services), including how to access and work with services.
- Behaviour. Supporting your child who is showing signs of challenging behaviour. If you’re experiencing challenging behaviour from your child, here are our tips for what you can do and where to get help.
- Counselling. Advice for accessing counselling and therapy. Read our information and advice on how to access counselling or therapy for your child, and ways you can support them through the process.
- COVID. Support for your child’s mental health through COVID. Information and advice to help you and your child to cope with the lasting impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including where to find support.
- Depression. Supporting Your Child with depression and low mood. If you’re worried that your child is feeling low or struggling with depression, here’s our advice on what you can do and where you can find support.
- Divorce/break-Up. Support for your child if you are going through divorce or a break-up. If you’re worried about how your relationship break-up might affect your child, here is our advice on how you can support them through the process.
- Domestic Violence. Support for your child if they have witnessed domestic violence. If your child has witnessed or experienced domestic violence, here you can find information on where to get help.
- Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking. Support if your child is using drugs, alcohol, smoking or vaping .If you are worried about your child’s use of drugs or alcohol, help is available. Read our information and advice to find out more.
- Early Help Process. Support during the Early Help Process. A guide for parents and carers about early help, also called early intervention – local authority support for children and families facing emerging challenges or difficulties not supported by other mental health or social services.
- Eating Disorder. Support if your child has an unhealthy relationship with food. If you’re worried your child has an eating disorder, or an unhealthy relationship with food, here is our advice and information on where you can get help.
- SATs. Supporting your child through their SATs. If you’re worried about how your child is coping with exams at school, here is our advice and information on where you can get help.
- Gaming. Support for your child and their gaming habits. We have information and advice to help you and your family create a healthy culture around gaming, and to help you support your child if they’re struggling.
- Gender Identity. Support if your child is Struggling with their gender. If your child’s experiences around gender identity are affecting their mental health, we’ve got information and advice on what you can do and where you can get help.
- Getting Help. Getting the right mental health support for your child. Read our information and advice on accessing mental health services and finding the right support for your child.
- GP. Getting support for your child from the GP. A guide to the different types of mental health support your child can access through the GP, and advice on booking GP appointments and supporting your child to go to a GP appointment.
- Grief and Loss. Supporting your child cope with grief and loss. Information, advice and tips for where you can find support if your child has experienced a bereavement or loss.
- Legal Support. Legal support for your family. If you think your child or family might need legal support, use our guide to find out where to get help and how to access legal aid.
- Financial Worry. Advice and support if you are struggling at home financially. Information on the links between money and mental health, how to support your child’s wellbeing and look after yourself in the cost-of-living crisis, and where to find practical and financial support for your family.
- Parent/Carer Mental Health. Support for Parents/Carers who are struggling with mental health. If you are a parent with mental illness, you may be struggling to support your child, or you may worry about the impact of your illness on them. Read our guide for information and advice.
- Racism. Support your child if they encounter racism. If your child is treated differently or unfairly because of their race, skin colour or ethnicity, it can negatively affect their mental health. Here’s some ways you can support them and places you can get help.
- School Refusal/Anxiety. Support your child if they refuse to come to school or they are anxious about school. If your child is anxious about school, or they are unable to go to school, we have advice on supporting them and working with the school and other services.
- Self Esteem. Support your child if they struggle with self esteem. There are many pressures and obstacles that can affect your child’s self-esteem. Read our guide for information and advice on how you can provide support.
- Self Harm. Supporting your child with self harm. Read our guide to self-harm to learn more about what self-harm is, what the signs of self-harm are in a young person, and where to get support.
- Social Media. Supporting your child with Social Media. If you are worried about your child or teenager using the internet, this guide provides tips and advice for talking to your child about their use of social media and the internet.
- Suicidal Thoughts. Supporting your child if they have suicidal thoughts. If your child is struggling with suicidal feelings, or you’re worried they might be, here are some ways you can support them and places you can get help.
- Transition and Change. Support for your child if they struggle with transition to Secondary School. Change is a normal part of life, but it can feel difficult for children and young people to cope with. We have information and practical tips to help you support your child during a time of transition or change.
- Trauma. Support your child coping with trauma. If your child is struggling with the effects of trauma, we have information and advice that can really help you to support their mental health and wellbeing.
- Hospital. Support for your child who has been in hospital. If your child is going into hospital to receive treatment for their mental health, this guide explains what happens in hospital, how you can find out information and voice your views, and how you can support your child.