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Mental Health and Wellbeing

 

Mindfulness statement:

We believe that paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, will enable you to embrace and understand the world around you.

This understanding can improve your mental wellbeing. This awareness is known as "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help us to enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. It is proven to improve a child's ability to focus and can be a great help in times of stress when used as a way to calm any heightened senses.

We believe well-being is all about our holistic health including physical and emotional.

At Glory Farm Primary, we are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff, to ensure that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive. Positive mental wellbeing is essential if children and young people are to flourish and lead fulfilling lives.

At our school, 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. 

Over 50% of mental illnesses start before the age of 14 and 1 in 10 children and young people has a mental health disorder (Public Mental Health, 2014). More recent survey results found that 12.5% (one in eight) of 5 to 19 year olds, surveyed in England in 2017, had a mental disorder (NHS, 2017). This statistic is possibly even higher now.

“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, 2014).

 Two key elements to support good mental health are:

  • Feeling Good – experiencing positive emotions like happiness, contentment and enjoyment. Including feelings like curiosity, engagement and safety.

  • Functioning Well – how a person is able to function in the world, this includes positive relationships and social connections, as well as feeling in control of your life and having a sense of purpose.

Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. Children are taught when to seek help, what help is available, and the likely outcome of seeking support so that they have the confidence and knowledge for themselves or others. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health and how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues. As part of our targeted provision, we have and continue to access, outside help and support for pupils when required.

Glory Farm Primary School wellbeing offer:

At Glory Farm Primary, we believe that teaching children about mental health and emotional wellbeing, as part of a comprehensive PSHE / RSE education curriculum and Pupil voice through Year group Wellbeing leads , is vital. PSHE and RSE is central to the curriculum across the whole school and assists pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world, manage transitions and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities. The concepts covered in PSHE /RSE include keeping safe and managing risk, identity, equality, managing feelings and emotions, relationships, change, resilience and being healthy, which includes physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. We aim to promote children’s’ wellbeing through an understanding of their own and others’ emotions and the development of healthy coping strategies.

Good mental health and wellbeing is just as important as good physical health. Like physical health, mental health can range across a spectrum from healthy to unwell; it can fluctuate on a daily basis and change over time. Children at Glory Farm Primary have two lessons of PE each week. A wide range of sport/cross curricular school clubs are run by teachers and external coaches, whilst many of our children take part in inter-school sporting competitions which include a range of sports and activities. Our proficient young leaders are excellent at organising activities and games during play times to encourage higher levels of physical activity, promote inclusion and support social interactions. All of which impacts greatly on children’s positive wellbeing, when in school.

We include World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Week in the school calendar and plan activities for the whole school.

At Glory Farm Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, their families and our 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 aim to:

  • 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 be persistent even when faced with challenges

  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

  • help children to develop a ‘Growth Mindset’

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Find out more

What is Growth Mindset?

Lead staff members:

  • Mrs Amy Wallace – Assistant Headteacher and SENDCo

  • Mrs Helen Black – Deputy SENDCo and Family Liaison

  • Mrs Julia Card – Well-being Lead and HLTA

  • Should you need any help or advice regarding issues around mental health and well-being please do not hesitate to contact us at school.

Levels of support

  • Universal Support– To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos, school values and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.

  • Additional support– For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as separation or bereavement.

  • Targeted support– For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such referral to wider professionals wellbeing groups, therapy sessions and ELSA 1:1 support. 

Please see below the Government consultation on Mental Health Provision for Young people:

Transforming children and young people's mental health provision

Useful links:

Young Minds

MIND

NHS Mental Health

Other useful links:

Dealing with anxiety

Every Mind MattersYoung Minds parents' survival guide

Anna Freud National centre for children and families

Family Lives Confidential Helpline

Mind - talking therapy and counselling

Gingerbread - support for single parents

Transition tips for parentsParents protect

NHS Livewell - Alcohol Support

Anorexia and bulemia care

Autism Help

Mencap

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