Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing
As a school, we place a great deal of importance upon the positive emotional and mental health of our whole school community - pupils ,families and staff and offer support to families in times of need through contact with Jackie - our pupil and family support practitioner.
We recognise that the educational, medical and communication needs of our children mean that they are more vulnerable to suffering from mental health issues and that, they may be unable to recognise or articulate these to others.
To address this over recent years, staff training has had a specific focus around strategies that can be used to support the Wellbeing of pupils and students including the use of mindfulness, relaxation, yoga, self regulation strategies. We also have a number of staff across school trained in Mental Heallth First Aid. Key staff have also been trained to deliver specific interventions such as Emotional Literacy and Support programmes, My Happy Mind and Thrive interventions.
Wellbeing is about our thoughts, feelings, emotions and ability to react to life. A good sense of wellbeing is feeling ok and able to cope, even when life or situations are challenging.
Sometimes our wellbeing is affected by things out of our control: illness, a stressful family situation or crisis.When our wellbeing is affected and we don’t feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns: sadness, depression and unhelpful thoughts that can stop us from enjoying and coping with daily life.
Here are some websites designed for children and young adults
Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk/ - A website for children and young people. There are different sections offering information and advice on signs and symptoms, seeking help and looking after yourself. Some handy advice for parents too.
Positive Penguins http://positivepenguins.com/ - This app helps children to understand their feelings and challenge negative thinking. Four positive penguins take children on a journey to help them better understand the relationship between what they think and what they feel.