The Covid pandemic has brought challenges to many people for different reasons. There is a real concern about the impact of the pandemic on children’s mental health. Upper Gornal resident, Emma Barton who is a children’s book organiser is co-ordinating mental health packs for local schools to help with this issue.
Marco Longhi MP said “It was a pleasure to meet with Emma to discuss this fantastic project and its important role in the community. As a mental health first aider I understand the impact this pandemic is having on people’s mental health, especially young children. Children’s usual school environment, which is home from home, has been severely disrupted. It is vital that children have an outlet to express their own fears and worries.
“These carefully designed books are a really helpful resource for schools and parents to help explore some of the issues children are experiencing.
“I am really encouraged to see local businesses and schools back this project, it is providing a much-needed resource for local children who have faced a testing time.
“I would personally like to thank Emma for the community spirit she has shown.”
Emma Barton said “Understanding and managing Mental Health has never been more important than now. We are all navigating through immense levels of uncertainty and change. As humans we crave routine and regularity as well as human connection- all things which have been disrupted as a result of the pandemic- these books will support schools to help children understand and manage their emotions at this crucial time.”
“I just wanted to add a big big big thank you to everyone who has supported my Usborne venture so far. All the sponsors, shares and social media tags have made such a big difference. I really hope we can make a big change to some children's lives.”
Local schools sponsoring the project:
Cotwall End primary school
The Straits primary school
Wrens Nest primary school
Redhall primary school
Alder Coppice primary school
Withymoor primary school
The Queen Victoria school
St Chads school
Tividale community school
The Manor primary school
The Glynne primary school
Jessons primary school
Roberts primary school
Church of Ascension primary school
Milking Bank primary school