Health and Mental Wellbeing
South London and Maudsley
NHS Foundation Trust
We are Lewisham Mental Health Support Team (MHST) and we work within your school to support emotional wellbeing and mental health. Our focus is on early intervention, prevention and promotion which means supporting everyone to understand how to look after their mental health and wellbeing, as well as addressing difficulties as soon as they begin. Some of the things we help with are:
- Feeling sad or numb
- Anxiety or fears
- Friendship difficulties
- Managing emotions
- Dealing with change
- Not going to school
For further information on the type of support we offer as well as how best to contact our team please visit www.slam.nhs.uk/mhst-home
Healthy Families Right from the Start
As parents, we want the best for our children, but its not always easy to know what they need to grow or to make healthy family choices. There isn’t only one way to bring up healthy children, and each family is unique and needs to discover what works best for them. , but with so much conflicting advice it can be hard to know what to do for the best as a parent, especially in the early years.
But there are some simple principles and strategies we can follow, that will help. Knowing what we want to change is the first step.
That’s where HENRY Healthy Families Right from the Start comes in.
About the programme
Henry Healthy families Right from the Start programme is for parents or carers of children aged 0 to 5 years. It is free to join and helps you give your child the best possible start in life. it will help support you to think about your family’s lifestyle and decide what change you would like to make, for a healthier happier family.
Research has shown that the key ingredients to ensuring babies and young children have a healthy start in life are:
- Parenting confidence
- Physical activity for babies and children
- What children and families eat
- Family lifestyle habits
- Enjoying life as a family
The programme runs for 8 weeks and covering the following topics:
- Parenting skills
- How we eat and what we eat
- Being active
- Emotional well-being.
Empowering you with the skills and tools you need to help get your little one off to a great start.
The Weekly sessions focus on:
Week 1 – Let’s get started– Deciding what changes you want to make as a family and setting your own family goals.
Week 2 – Balancing Acts -How to juggle life with young children so you all get what you need
Week 3 – Needs and demands – How to respond to your children’s needs without giving in to all their demands
Week 4 – Tuning into mealtimes – Positive tips for reducing mealtime stress for the whole family.
Week 5 – Time to be active – Ideas for active play to help children be active, learn, develop and stay happy.
Week 6 – Lets eat healthily – Looking at food groups, food labels, portion sizes for under 5s, first foods, and snack swaps
Week 7 – Lets focus on feelings – Understanding and managing your child’s behaviour for a happier family home.
Week 8 – The way forward – Celebrating your success as a parent and planning the future for you and your family.
What do I get on a HENRY programme?
As well as developing your confidence, motivative, resilience and skills as a parent empowering you to make the changes that will help your children flourish and grow up healthily. Every parent who joins the programme receives a HENRY toolkit which includes everything you’ll need during the programme and helpful resources to use in your family.
The HENRY toolkit will help you:
give your child a great start in life,
get the whole family active and involved,
keep track of how well you’re all doing.
Is HENRY’s Healthy Families programme for me?
If you have a child under 5 and can answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below then HENRY is for you:
- Would you like to feel more confident as a parent or develop and learn new skills?
- Would you like some support to help you give your child a healthy start?
- Do you wish your child would eat more fruits and vegetables?
- Would you like to make mealtimes less stressful?
- Would you like your family be more active together more often?
- Would you be interested in some ideas to help get your children away from the TV?
If you would like to book to the next course visit our timetable page for dates and how to book a place.
KEEPING WELL - SUPPORTING MENTAL WELL-BEING
Free, confidential support via text, available 24/7
Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained crisis volunteer who’ll provide active listening and collaborative problem-solving
Free confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem
Confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities
A mental health charity
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Youth suicide prevention society
Phone: 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers
A charity dedicated to children’s mental health
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Cruse Bereavement Care
Support for grief and bereavement
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)