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Mindfulness Moment with Your School Counsellor

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well. Today I want to share one of my favorite things to teach students, which is how to practice mindfulness.  Mindfulness  is an import part of managing any anxiety  that you or your child may be experiencing, especially with everything that is going on right now. So, what exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness is being fully present, bringing a gentle awareness to the present moment that you are currently in. Mindfulness can be a useful tool for decreasing stress and promoting happiness for both parents and children.

One small way to bring mindfulness into your life is to do a popular exercise called STOP.

  • Stop. Just take a momentary pause, no matter what you’re doing.
  • Take a breath. Feel the sensation of your own breathing, which brings you back to the present moment.
  • Observe. Acknowledge what is happening, for good or bad, inside you or out. Just note it.
  • Proceed. Having briefly checked in with the present moment, continue with whatever it was you were doing.

It is completely normal and okay to being experiencing a range of feelings with everything that is happening right now. Be gentle with yourself. If you find that you or your child is really struggling, please make sure to reach out to me or someone at the school. We are all in this together.

Below is a fun video that will take your child through some mindfulness exercises.

Have you heard of mindfulness before? What are some other ways you can practice being mindful?



Introduction from your Place2Be School Counsellor

Hello Cochrane Castle Primary School Families,

My name is Melissa and I am the school counsellor on West Johnstone Campus. I have been working at Cochrane Castle since November and it has been such a joy getting to know your children.

I work for an organization called Place2Be which is a children’s mental health charity. Our mission is to enhance the wellbeing of children and their families by providing access to therapeutic and emotional support in schools. We believe in the whole school approach which means that we offer services to students, parents, and staff.

-Students have access to one-on- one counselling, Place2talk, group counselling and whole class sessions aimed at promoting social and emotional skills.

-One of the most critical elements that we offer for your students is a program called Place2Talk, which is a lunchtime self-referral service in which students can speak with a counsellor about any issues that they may be having.

-Parents have access to ‘parent partnership’ which is a service dedicated to helping parents navigate any parental challenges you may be facing.

-I am in the school on a part-time basis. Wednesday in the morning and all day on Thursday and Friday.  If you would like to speak to me, please do not hesitate in reaching out to me. My contact info can be found below. I also attend a lot of school events so say hello if you see me. I very much look forward to getting to know each of you!

Phone: 07976 229491