Mental Health and Wellbeing

At St Martha’s, we are committed to supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers) and we recognise the importance and impact this has on our children’s learning and achievements.  Our caring, spiritual and ‘family’ culture ensures our approach is routed in mutual respect and kindness, with each individual being heard and contributions are valued. We understand that everyone experiences life challenges at different times and some that may need additional emotional support and we all collectively work together to implement an open conversation without judgement.


At our school we aim to:

1: At our school we aim to:

Help children 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,

 Help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks,

 Encourage children to be confident and ‘be the best they can be,

  Promote positive mental health and understand the importance of staff wellbeing,

  Train and support all staff to understand mental health issues and spot early warning signs to help prevent or address mental health problems,

 Promote where parents, staff and children can get further advice and support.


We offer different levels of support:

  • Universal Support - This is support to meet the needs of all our pupils using our overall ethos of ‘Be the best you can be’ and through our wider curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
  • Additional support - For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
  • Targeted support – This is for pupils who need more differentiated support, resources or specific targeted interventions such as nurture groups and 1:1 sessions.

Lead staff members:

S. Chapman, L. Curson and E. Odell: Mental Health Champion and Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Leads.

H. Pink: Head of School, Accredited Mental Health First Aider and Rainbows bereavement trained.

N. Godfrey:  Accredited Mental Health First Aider, Rainbows bereavement trained and ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.)


NEWS:

Find out important dates and information about how we celebrate and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in school.

  • Children’s Mental Health Week: 3rd – 9th February 2020
  • Time to Talk (6th February 2020)
  • NSPCC Number’s Day (7th February 2020)
  • National Workouts and Wellbeing Week – MIND: 23rd – 29th March 2020
  • Autism Awareness Week (30th March - 3rd April)
  • National Share-a-Story Month – May 2020
  • Hello Yellow Day - 9th October 2020
  • Anti-Bullying Week - 16th November - 20th November 2020


COVID19:

Duchess of Cambridge Wellbeing Assembly - 18th June 2020 - 11am (Available following the event on the Oak National Academy website)

The Duchess of Cambridge will lead an online assembly for the Oak National Academy during which she will speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children. The theme of the Duchess' assembly is 'spread a little kindness' and is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform. This platform was developed in collaboration with children's mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.

The Mentally Healthy Schools platform can be accessed here:

   https://www. mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/

The assembly will be live on the Oak National Academy at 11am on Thursday 18th June and can be accessed here:

   https://classroom.thenational. academy/assemblies/


Useful Links:

- The NHS and Childhood Bereavement Network have put together ways of supporting bereaved children through this difficult time. You will also

find some really important numbers that you can call to receive support for the whole family.

- A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing and support others.

- Quality assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.