Mental Health and Well-being
In an ever changing world, positive physical and mental health is key to everyone’s well-being and quality of life. It allows us to respond effectively to the challenges that daily life bring. Children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and impacts on their learning and achievement.
Aims and Objectives
- To have a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing within a culture of high expectations and support.
- To ensure that, through the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing, our children are helped to understand and express their feelings, build their confidence and emotional resilience and therefore their capacity to learn.
- To have a committed staff team that sets a whole school culture of positive mental health and wellbeing, ensuring that children feel safe and listened to.
- To increase the awareness and understanding and reduce stigma amongst children, staff and our wider community of issues involving the mental health and wellbeing of young people and to provide support at an early stage to any child who is or appears to be suffering from mental health issues.
- To ensure that, embedded within our curriculum, we are enabling our children to become healthy, independent, responsible and confident members of society. Children will understand how they are developing personally and socially and many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up will be tackled. They will be provided with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and to appreciate what it means to live and thrive as part of a diverse society.
At Charlton Mackrell Primary School we aim to help develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and to be a school where:
- All children are valued.
- Children have a sense of belonging and feel safe.
- Children feel able to talk openly with trusted adults about their problems without feeling any stigma.
- Positive mental health is promoted and valued.
- Bullying is not tolerated.
Charlton Mackrell is a place where children experience a nurturing and supportive environment that can develop self-esteem and give positive experiences to help overcome adversity and build resilience. We offer positive role models and relationships, so critical in promoting children’s wellbeing. This helps create a sense of belonging and community.
We will provide opportunities through our PSHE curriculum; daily Mindfulness sessions, work in circle time and ELSA sessions, visiting speakers and agencies, for all children learn the strategies to stay mentally healthy; how worries and stress can affect their mental health; develop understanding and empathy of those with mental health issues, and knowledge of where or who they can go to if they need help and support;
Our role in school is to make sure that our children are able to manage times of change and stress. The impact of the learning and support provided in school will ensure that children know:
- What they can do to maintain positive mental health;
- What affects their mental health;
- How they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues;
- Where or who they can go to if they need help and support.