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Mental health and well being

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

K. Whitmore, K. Kent and R. Taylor have also joined the wellbeing team. 
 

 

NEWS:

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

 

  • Children Mental Health Week from 1st to 7th February 2021
  • General Mental Health Week is: 10-16 May 2021. The theme is 'Nature'
  • National workouts and Wellbeing week is 23rd-28th March
  • World Health Day is 7th April 2021

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Useful Apps and Websites:

https://www.kooth.com/ - (11-25 year olds) Online service offering free counselling for children.
 
https://app.ollee.org.uk/#/ welcome - An app to ask questions from both the parents or child's perspective. Child friendly and a really easy and simple way of children being able to talk about feelings or express worries with suggestions and support given back.
 
 
https://www.nhs.uk/apps- library/thinkninja/ - 'Think Ninja' App, KS2 - gives great support for any children suffering anxiety and stress with lots of updated COVID support. 
 
https://www.therapistaid.com/ - Lots of tools for both older and younger children that gives information on more specific issues e.g. eating disorders, worry, anxieties.