Mental Health and Wellbeing
At St. Paul's CE Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. All children go through ups and downs during their school career and some face significant life events.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Schools can be a place for children and young people to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience. For some, school will be a place of respite from difficult home lives and offer positive role models and relationships, which are critical in promoting children’s wellbeing and can help create a sense of belonging and community.
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. 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, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
Our aim is 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.
At St. Paul's we provide wellbeing areas around school for members of our school community to engage in a range of services such as Paws.b, MIND, Relax Kids or even just to have some quiet time to reflect or talk.
At St. Paul's, we regularly use the support services of the MIND charity organisation to help and support our staff and children. This is a service that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. MIND also provide workshops and assemblies on a variety of mental health issues.
Relax Kids visit St. Paul's on a Thursday to engage with a variety of children offering classes and resources in the field of relaxation to help our next generation become more resilient and teach them the tools to manage their physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
For more information about this service, please visit their website by clicking on the link below.
Additional Support Services
Sitting Right With You - to support victims of domestic abuse.
NSPCC - to protect children from any kind of abuse.
Childline - support services for children.
NHS - Mental Health and Wellbeing support page.