It's no secret that kids are struggling with maintaining positive mental health. This isn't a new problem but it's hard to argue that adding the pressures of social media and a global pandemic into the mix doesn't make life as a child or teen that much more difficult.
This week, as areas outside of Auckland head towards kids returning to the classrooms I've been emailed by several teachers asking where they can get copies of 'Rising Tide' to use again with their classes, or if they're have been any new resources added to The Worry Bug project.
I did have a few copies left over that I was able to drop to two local schools that were eager to get started in running the classroom activities with their Year 5 and 6 cohorts. For those further afield you can access Rising Tide, in english and te reo Maori, as an e-book and as an audiobook via the Worry Bug website. There are loads of other support resources for families on their too. There are expert interviews about catastrophising, family dynamics, classroom culture and mindfulness. They're free available to use and share with families and colleagues. There are even more resources based on the book on the Sparklers website.
Sarina Dickson is a writer, artist and educator based in Christchurch, New Zealand.