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Stress – What is it and How to Beat it

12th November 2020

Do you feel irritable? Find it hard to sleep? Lost interest in food? Get headaches and stomach pains? Have negative thoughts or just feel down? It could be stress. It would be strange if you weren’t experiencing some form of stress around things like new experiences, pressure of work and exams, let alone the whole […]

Is your child struggling to sleep more than usual at the moment?

28th July 2020

Is your child struggling with sleep due to the impact of coronavirus?

Negotiating the end of lockdown with your teenager

16th July 2020

Do you remember how you felt at the beginning of lockdown? Confused and anxious, but possibly also a little bit excited? Entering lockdown was not easy but leaving it may be equally challenging – especially if your children are teenagers…For the last three months, you have had “complete control” over your teenage child. You’ve known […]

Children show an increase in mental health difficulties during the COVID-19 Lockdown

22nd June 2020

New research[1] from the University of Oxford shows that parents / carers of children aged 4-10 reported that during lockdown they have seen increases in their child’s emotional difficulties. This includes children feeling unhappy, worried, being clingy and experiencing physical symptoms, such as tummy aches, associated with worry. Parents also reported their children’s behaviour had […]

Your new job as a home-school teacher…

21st April 2020

For some families having your children at home all day every day & home schooling them may be wonderful, your children may have adjusted well and you may be wondering why you’d not decided to home school your children before.   Your home may be a hive of productive activity, from cake baking and model making […]

Social Media and Screen Time

5th March 2020

One of the trickiest things to negotiate in today’s modern family is the use of social media, and screen time in general. There is growing concern around negative impact it can have on young people. These worries range from the quality and quantity of sleep, to compulsive checking of phones/screens, worries about the impact of […]

Parental separation: how to support your adult children when you and your partner separate

30th January 2020

Parents can sometimes feel that when their children leave home, whether to university or to start their own families, their responsibilities as parents are largely done. It’s possible to underestimate the impact of major family change on the adult children who no longer live at home. For example children, whatever their age, often feel a significant sense of loss if and when their parents sell the childhood home, even […]

Ten Years And Counting….

19th December 2019

History of the Bridge in Schools programme

Why we Fundraise and How You Can Help

6th November 2019

The Bridge Foundation is a non-profit organisation; at the heart of everything we do is our vision – “a future where every person can feel secure about who they are and relate to others as fully and honestly as possible”.  We work to support the life chances of highly vulnerable children through improving their mental […]

Starting University

18th September 2019

Starting university can be an exciting, if not nerve-wracking time, for all first-time students. Whether you’re going to university straight after 6th form or you’ve taken a gap year, the change from being dependent to independent can feel both daunting and liberating. Since getting your results, you will have already made some major decisions such […]

Returning to school, moving class or changing school?

2nd September 2019

Everyone knows that starting primary school and then starting secondary school are big events in any child’s life, but what can sometimes be overlooked is the impact of moving up a class each September. Moving up a class – primary age Moving up a class can be very exciting but also a big challenge.  Children […]

When Parents Separate

30th July 2019

Help for parents that have separated or are separating

When your young child is seriously ill…

20th June 2019

One of the biggest challenges for a parent is when a child is diagnosed with a serious illness. This can be experienced within the family as a trauma, akin to a bomb exploding – with all the pieces landing in different places.  The landscape looks different. There are a range of emotions which might be […]

Helping your teenager with exam stress

1st May 2019

Taking exams can be stressful. Find out what a normal level of stress is and how you can help you and your teen get through this difficult time.

How to Help When Your Child Won’t go to School

4th April 2019

If your child is reluctant or refusing to go to school it may stir up complicated feelings – often concern but also frustration and anger (“I am in a rush”, “You just have to do these things!”, “I don’t want to go to work either!”). In the moment, it might be hard to think beyond […]

Considering therapy, but not sure….?

22nd February 2019

When our emotional or mental health issues impact on our daily lives this can leave us feeling isolated and despairing. The thought of going to talk to someone about our thoughts, feelings and struggles can feel scary for a variety of reasons. We might worry what someone else would think of our thoughts, or that […]

Latest Childhood Anxiety Data

31st January 2019

New data shows childhood anxiety and behaviour problems  “widespread” A recent report from NHS Digital (November 2018) provides important new insight into UK children’s mental health. This is the first report of national childhood mental health data since 2004. It confirms mounting concerns about the number of children who experience mental health problems, and their […]

How do you Parent a Teenager?

10th January 2019

It’s a familiar situation – a child who has been generally sweet and co-operative (with some exceptions!) hits the teenage years, largely retreats to their bedroom & doesn’t talk to you any more.  Maybe they drop out of activities that they have always enjoyed, they spend hours on social media, their friendship group seems to […]

Bridge in Schools Newsletter Winter 2018

6th December 2018

Here’s the Winter 2018 Newsletter from Bridge in Schools, with: new government data on child mental health training opportunities for school staff learning from Specialist schools in supporting vulnerable children in mainstream supervision and reflective practice for schools Click here to open

Free Emotional Wellbeing Healthchecks for Bristol Schools

20th November 2018

Bridge in Schools (BiS) is offering Free Emotional Wellbeing Checks to Bristol Primary Schools. “Public spending cuts are increasing stress on families, while stripping out vital emotional and psychological support for vulnerable children. Schools are in the front line. As mental health specialists, we have to do everything we can to help them meet the challenge.” (Dr. […]