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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)

In our school our Christian vision shapes all we do. We recognise that everyone is made in the image of God and is innately good and as such should be valued, feel they belong and have a voice to share their thought and feelings in a safe and supportive community.

Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health. Staff with a specific, relevant remit include:
• Mr. Mark Taylor – Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead
• Mrs Nikki North – Mental Health First Aider
• Rev. Gerrard & Rev. Robertson – Chaplaincy Team & Wellbeing Governors

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
• seek advice from external agencies such as Future in Mind, CAMHS and the Local Authority SEMH team

DOCUMENTS

USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS

https://wf-i-can.co.uk/ The online resource for children and young people in Wakefield

https://www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/

services/camhs-wakefield/ Help and support for Children and Adolescent Mental Health

https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/ 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.

http://www.understandingchildhood.net/

posts/divorce-and-separation-helping-children-and-parents-cope/ Support with helping children and parents cope with divorce and separation

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/ Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/ Toolbox from Childline about how to look after your mental health with some activities and online games to play

https://www.place2be.org.uk/ Resources on how to look after your child’s mental health

https://youngminds.org.uk/ Information on mental health and supporting children on their return to school after lockdown plus a parent helpline

https://www.kooth.com/ An online mental wellbeing community

https://www.papyrus-uk.org/ Support for young people