Mental Health and Well-being
We believe in promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. This page will be used to supply information and resources via the information below.
Mental Health and Emotional Well-being
At Annesley Primary School, we believe in promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to ensure that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive. Our school ethos and values underpin everything that we do.
Who has Mental Health?
We all have mental health – some people call this emotional health or wellbeing.
What is Mental Health?
The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of wellbeing in which every individual achieves their potential, copes with the normal stresses of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act.
Good mental health and wellbeing is just as important as good physical health. Like physical health, mental health can range across a spectrum from healthy to unwell; it can fluctuate on a daily basis and change over time.
Most children grow up mentally healthy, but surveys suggest that more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago. It is thought that this is probably because of changes in the way that we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up.
Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:
Other factors are also important, including:
What happens in school?
In school, we teach children about what it means to have good mental health and wellbeing throughout our curriculum and daily practice.
Our PSHE curriculum (Jigsaw) focuses specifically on developing children’s social and emotional skills which can prevent poor mental health from developing and help all children cope effectively with setbacks and remain healthy. It is about helping children to understand and manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviour and build skills that help them to thrive, such as working in a team, persistence, and self-awareness.
We also have a Mental Health Lead that works closely with classroom teachers to identify children who would benefit from early intervention around a variety of complex needs from bereavement to varying anxieties. The Mental Health then works with children to help them to return to where they can cope with everyday problems. This is done through 1:1 and group interventions.
What happens if my child is having difficulties with their mental health or well-being?
Mental health doesn’t mean being happy all the time and neither does it mean avoiding stresses altogether. A little stress is seen as positive in certain situations. One of the most important ways to help your child is to listen to them and take their feelings seriously.
In many instances, children and young people’s negative feelings and worries usually pass with the support of their parents and families. It is helpful for the school to know what they are going through at these times, so that staff can be aware of the need and support this.
Coping with and adjusting to setbacks are critical life skills for children, just as they are for adults, but it is important that we all help them to develop positive, rather than negative, coping skills.
If you are ever worried about your child’s mental health and wellbeing then, just as you would about any concerns that you have about their learning, come and talk to us. Sometimes children will need additional support for a short period – this may be in the form of a daily check-in with a trusted adult, time to talk through what they are feeling and support in developing ways of moving forwards with this.
If your child is distressed for a long time, if their negative feelings are stopping them from getting on with their lives, if their distress is disrupting family life or if they are repeatedly behaving in ways you would not expect at their age, then please speak to your child's teacher or Mr Eccleston
Remember it is also important to look after yourself and if you are in need of advice contact Mr Eccleston or seek help through your local GP surgery.
Dates for your Diary
October 10th 2022 - World Mental Health Day