Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organization)

 At our, 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 
This year we are introducing the five step guide to wellbeing. (see above)
 

Mental Health and Well-being are increasingly a central consideration within the school and within the wider community. We have a number of different processes to help students who feel that they may need to talk to someone about their mental health or get the support for someone they are concerned about.

  • Reporting via Whisper (see Keeping Children Safe area of the website)
  • Worry Boxes – pupils can post a note with concerns about another pupil or themselves. These are emptied daily and any information inside is followed up by the class teacher and/or a senior member of staff
  • Pupils can also approach any member of staff that they feel confident with,  with any concerns.
  • Speaking to Miss Scott at anytime required if children are worried about anything.

As a school, we take all aspects of a young person’s well-being seriously but we are first and foremost a school so as well as contacting us to let us know your concerns we strongly recommend that you contact your GP to discuss any concerns that you may have about your young person.

We place great emphasis on the welfare of our school community and provide support, information and guidance to help everyone at our school feel happy. We also celebrate the diverse and inclusive nature of our school community and recognise the faiths, beliefs and needs held by all.

Useful websites for support
 
Please see below for mental health & well-being information, signposting to local services and advice for parents:
 
A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/
 
Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.
 
How to stay safe online:-
 
Protect your child from cyber bullying:-
 
Supporting children with bereavement:-
 
Support for mental health issues:-
 
Advice on bullying:-
 
Beacon House is passionate about developing freely available resources so that knowledge about the repair of trauma and adversity is in the hands of those who need it.
Lead Staff Members 
 
Joanna Scott - Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Yendall - Senior Mental Health Lead and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Jo Ebbs - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Scarcliffe - Elsa
Mrs Jackson - Elsa
Useful Documents 
Please come back soon to see what we have done in our school this year to support Mental Health and Wellbeing.
 
On the 15th September we celebrated Dot Day. International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration.