5 Ways to Wellbeing - Connect, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Be Active & Give

During our 'Wellbeing Week' in the Autumn term, children learnt ways in which they can boost their wellbeing and in turn, look after their mental health. We introduced them to the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' (Keep Learning, Take Notice, Be Active, Connect & Give) to help children take responsibility for their own wellbeing, whilst building their resilience.

We decided to use C.L.A.N.G to promote the 5 ways to wellbeing as it is catchy and memorable. (Connect, Learn, Active, Notice & Give).

As well as taking part in lots of activities in class this week, our school council  created a fantastic video which was shared with children and staff to explain C.L.A.N.G which you can watch below.

"Good mental wellbeing doesn't mean that you will never experience situations you find difficult. But it does mean that you might have resilience to cope when things get tough..."


Toolkit for schools and professionals - Five Ways to Wellbeing (justtalkherts.org)

Children's Mental Heatlh Week 2023

Emotional wellbeing support and self help tools

• Services for Young People offer a range of emotional wellbeing support as well as 
programmes and activities over the summer break. More details can be found here -

• Herts Mind Network offer messaging and telephone support for young people -

• Chat Health text messaging support can be accessed on weekdays via the school nursing 
service. Secondary school aged young people can text any physical or mental health 
question or concern to 07480 635 050

• Kooth online support for 10 – 25 year olds - https://www.kooth.com/ 

• Togetherall 16+ (online support for parents, professionals, and year 13 students) -

• Just Talk Five ways to wellbeing e-learning and other information on self-help tools -

• SPA (single point of access) for more specialist mental health services: HPFT's freephone 
24/7 helpline: 0800 6444 101

Wellbeing Resources and links to use with your children at home

Herts CC - Five Ways to Wellbeing for Children (Web version) (justtalkherts.org) -" In this module, we will share some easy ways to improve your mood and boost your wellbeing."

1. Hand or star breathing- https://youtu.be/NAldSdx-jps

2. Sensory, grounding, soothing, and regulating box- https://youtu.be/9XyxqWiqLk0

3. Muscle tensing and releasing tool- https://youtu.be/FbhUxg9eHDE

4. Left and right body breathing- https://youtu.be/MHwiqovPrXY

5. Rhythm and butterfly breathing- https://youtu.be/e6z6TJ1wQDM

6. Externalising worry through worry dolls, worry plaques etc- https://youtu.be/5Q-EoWSJQJg

7. Soaking in a positive moment- in addition to this, some people might like to write a gratitude diary, or keep a sparkle moments jar or book or box etc- https://youtu.be/RRiQixmqcXI

8. Every interaction is an intervention- video explaining the quote- https://youtu.be/8pBkXbCP3Q4

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk


CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Website: www.thecalmzone.net


Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge

Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.rethink.org


Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk


Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. 

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)

Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare

Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum

Website: www.sane.org.uk/support


Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk