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 Organisation)
In our school our Christian vision shapes all we do and our school’s key values place “learning”, “caring” and “friendship" at the heart of our school. In addition we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and pupil body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils.
As a Church of England School we ensure that that there is support for good mental health in children and adults, we celebrate a sense of belonging that embraces differences. Children are aware of the work of the author Todd Parr and his books are used in whole school worships and in the classroom to initiate conversations around difference and mental health.
In addition to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, we aim to recognise and respond to need as it arises. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health and wellbeing policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected both directly, and indirectly by mental health and wellbeing issues.
Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of pupils. Staff with a specific, relevant remit include:
Mr R Palmer/ Mrs L Fawcett - Designated Child Protection / Safeguarding Officer, Mrs L Fawcett - Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead, All staff - First Aider, Mr R Palmer – Mrs E Dean - Head of SMSC
Everyone has mental health and this can be described as:
• How we feel about ourselves and the people around us
• Our ability to make and keep friends and relationships
• Our ability to learn from others and to develop psychologically and emotionally.
Everyone experiences feelings such as being worried or stressed at some point in their lives. Being mentally healthy is also about having the strength to overcome the difficulties and challenges we can all face at times – to have confidence and self-esteem, to be able to take decisions and to believe in ourselves.
This is normal, there are lots of things that we can do to boost our mental health wellbeing. Some websites are detailed below, or you could look at the MindMate site .
It is when these feelings don’t go away and become overwhelming you might be in need of some help and support.
What to look out for?
• Issues eating and/or with food.
• The desire or act of hurting yourself
• Feeling scared and/or anxious
• Hearing and/or seeing things that others don’t
• Issues controlling your temper and/or anger
• Having difficulties with those around you (eg family and friends)
• Feeling low, with little interest in things around you
• Feelings of trauma, leading to feelings of insecurity and helplessness
• Feelings of anxiety when placed in a mixed gender social group
It can be sometimes hard to talk to someone about how you feel. Some people feel comfortable talking to a family member, a friend or perhaps your GP, teacher or tutor at college who could support you and, if needed, help you to contact CAMHS.
CAHMS website link.
MindEd is a free educational resource on children
and young people's mental health for all adults