As a school, we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously. We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support – to meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all – Mindfulness Assemblies, Circle Time, Worry Boxes in every classroom, Daily Mile.
Additional support – For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement – Creative Therapy, Play Therapy, Mental Health First Aider.
Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors – Clinical Psychologist, Creative Therapist, Play Therapist, Mental Health First Aider.
We all have times when we have low Mental Wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope.
There are some common life events that may affect your child’s Mental Wellbeing:
- Loss or bereavement.
- Relationship problems.
- Issues at school.
Everyone deserves to feel good and there are steps your child can take to maintain and improve your Mental Wellbeing:
- Build positive relationships.
- Take time for yourself.
- Look after your mental health.
- Look after your physical health.
- What can your child can do in school to gain Mental Wellbeing?
- Be open and talk about your feelings with your friends.
- Associate yourself with positive people.
- Join an afterschool club.
- Speak to a member of staff.
- Tell the Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team.
- Get physically active (a Health body and mind are closely linked).