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The Buckingham School

Mental & Emotional Wellbeing

Our Mental Health Counsellor & Therapeutic Mentor is Miss Paula Matthews. 
Miss Matthews can be contacted via email at or

Here are some ideas on how we can manage to keep on top of your emotional and mental wellbeing while self-isolating and social distancing.

We are all feeling a certain amount of anxiety around this situation which is a totally normal reaction to a difficult situation. Anxiety can become a problem when its stops us doing and enjoying the things we normally do. Here are some helpful things you can do to reduce yours and your child’s anxiety:

Challenge unhelpful thoughts

Having lots of negative or unhelpful thoughts can make us feel more anxious, worried or distressed.

  • Are you making predictions? Predictions about the future even though we have no way of knowing what will actually happen.
  • Are you making judgements? Making judgements about the situation, which aren’t based on facts or evidence.
  • Are you catastrophising? Do you keep thinking about the worst possible outcome?

If you notice you are having any of these unhelpful thoughts, try and challenge them and change them to something more positive. Ask yourself if your thoughts are based on real facts, or are they your opinion? Just because they are thoughts does not mean they are true.

Reduce your anxiety

  • Take a break from watching the news or being on social media
  • Talk about how you feel with your friends and family
  • Listen to facts – don’t listen to those spreading fear
  • Keep a routine as much as possible

Do more to feel better

It might be difficult to do the things you would usually do that help you feel happy and calm, but there are things you should try and do which can help you feel better. Don’t just do nothing!

  • Go for a walk
  • Put a plan together of what you would like to do every day
  • Play a board game / do puzzles
  • Draw or create something
  • Now can be the time to start a new hobby
  • Read a book
  • Stay hydrated
  • Be mindful of what you are eating – try to eat well

It is really important to keep in contact with people and stay connected with each other. Please don’t put too much pressure on yourself to educate your children. At the moment, we all need to feel comforted, reassured and loved. Don’t worry about your child regressing in their learning – every child is in the same position and our teachers and staff will be there for them when School is back, to meet your child where they’re at and get them back on track.

*Socially distant does not mean emotionally distant* We are all in this together! If you do find you or your child is struggling emotionally, please reach out to us for support and we can and will help you.

Stay healthy and safe; look after yourself and each other.