Back to School and work anxiety
Coming out of lockdown anxiety
It’s OkNotToBeOk if you are feeling anxious about coming out of lockdown, getting the kids back to school, and going back to work. Many families are feeling this way, so to help we have gathered the following information and resources to support you and your family’s situation post lockdown.
The Corona-Bear anxiety!
Anxiety is like coming across a ‘grizzly Bear’ our mind is alerted to danger by responding to either fight, flight or freeze. Our body will react to this Bear by shaking, sweating, and our heart rate increases, we start to feel panic and fear. This is anxiety.
Bear this in mind if you are feeling anxious!
- Eating Well, Moving More and Sleeping Well can help reduce stress and anxiety
- No one copes well when they are tired or hungry. Anxiety can make you forget to eat, not feel hungry, or struggle to sleep so it is important to stick to a daily routine.
- Take a look at these tips from Suffolk Mind for adjusting to change after lockdown and our page Five Ways to Wellbeing
- The NHS website has useful information and resources to help with Anxiety, fear and panic, as well as a list of recommended Mental Health Apps
Anxious about going back to work
The Citizens Advice Bureau has this useful advice if you’re worried about working
For help with childcare contact the Suffolk Family Information Service
Back to school anxiety information and support
Anxious children and young people worry about many different school-related issues when returning to school after the summer holiday, such as, new teachers, fitting in, and/or being away from parent/carers.
With Covid-19 added to the mix this year, they may feel more anxious then usual! Here are our resources to help you support your child going back to school.
Tips for managing back to school anxiety in children:
- Encourage your child/young person to share his or her fears with you.“Try to stay calm – if your child sees that you are feeling anxious about them returning to school, then this will only increase their anxiety”.
- Read these useful tips NHS - Talking to children about feelings advice page
- Avoid giving reassurance to your child/young person. It is better not to assure them that “Everything will be Okay”, instead, encourage them to think of ways to help solve his or her problem.
- Know where to go for emotional wellbeing support. Download this Covid Mental health support services guide for families in Suffolk
I’m worried about the impact of lockdown on my child’s education
Many parents are worried about this, with young people especially feeling anxious about falling behind with their schoolwork when they return. We would advise parents/carers to talk to their child’s school for advice about how their child will be supported when they go back.
You can ask them
- How learning topics that your child has struggled with at home can be prioritised
- How you can support your child with schoolwork
School leaders will be assessing what support their pupils might need across the autumn term and beyond, and there are plans being developed by central government for a national tutoring scheme to provide additional support, which schools are waiting to hear the final details of.
Back to school resources for families
Useful resources for parents and carers
- Emotional Wellbeing Gateway - Anxiety in children and young people
- SENDIASS Back to school - what you need to know in Suffolk’ video, and visit their website for more advice on Managing and reducing back 2 school anxiety
- School Transport Covid Guidelines
- Covid-19 FAQs, information and resources for SEND parents/carers guide
- The Psychology and Therapeutic Service resources for schools/families to support the return of SEND children to school.
- Inclusion Service helpline on 0345 606 6172 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm) - To support families of children and young people with special educational needs if their child is feeling anxious or if they have any questions or concerns about the support in place for their child/ren returning to school.
- YoungMinds - What to do if your child is anxious about going back to school
Webinars and family support services:
- Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN) - is a network of parents and carers of children with additional needs and/or disabilities. They offer support and workshops to Suffolk parents. For details Call: 07341 126455, Visit the SPCN website or find them on Facebook: @Suffolkpcn
- PACT (Parents and Carers Together) - offer support and workshops to families on school and Covid-19 related anxiety, including pre-covid anxiety-based school refusal, and anxiety around shielding family members. For more details visit the parents and carers together website
- Home-Start - offer one-one volunteer-based, home-visiting, family support, working closely with statutory and non-statutory professionals, they provide emotional support, guidance, friendship, and practical help to families with children aged 0 -12 years old across Suffolk. Visit the Homestart in Suffolk website or call 01473 621104.
Useful resources for young people
- The Source – Anxiety advice
- The Source – Anxious about returning to school after lockdown
- Anna Freud Centre’s self-care resources - developed with young people
Useful resources for schools and professionals
- Teachers - can find health and emotional wellbeing resources on the new Relationships Education, Relationships & Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) Portal for schools. Resources will initially be hosted in the Return to School Tab (for ease of locating), as well as the relevant sections of the Relationships, RSE, Health and Signposting tabs which will be the permanent features of the portal and used to host any resources that would appear to have a long-term relevance. If you do not yet have access to the RSHE Portal, please contact the Schools Engagement Coordinator, Jane Stannard to request this.
- Emotional wellbeing gateway – is a website that provides information and advice to professionals, parents and carers on common mental health issues.
- St Elizabeth Hospice - has the following webinars for professionals working with children to give guidance on how to support their emotional wellbeing returning to school:
- Kooth webinars for professionals and parents – Kooth is an online counselling service for children and young people in Suffolk. Professionals and parents can book on to the following Zoom session to find out about the emotional wellbeing support that Kooth offers to children and young.
Wednesday 9th September, 9.30am - 11am - for professionals
To register your place on one of the workshops and join in on Zoom, please email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To visit the Kooth website