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Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Well Green 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 are to our lives in just the same way as physical health.

 

The World Health Organisation’s definition of mental health and wellbeing is:

a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.

 

Mental health and wellbeing is not just the absence of mental health problems. We want all the children at Well Green to:

  • be effective and successful learners.
  • to understand their emotions and manage feelings such as frustration, anger and anxiety.
  • feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries.
  • form and maintain positive relationships with their peers.
  • recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties.
  • resolve conflict effectively and fairly.
  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count.
  • feel confident in themselves.
  • develop emotional resilience to enable them to deal with times of transition and stress. 

 

It can feel difficult to start a conversation with children about mental health. Some children are reluctant to share their thoughts and feelings and some struggle to understand their emotions and vocalise how they feel. The Mentally Healthy Schools website offers lots of advice on how to broach the subject and normalise conversations about mental health.

 

Mentally Healthy Schools

 

The Talking Mental Health animation aims to give children:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and the difference between every day small feelings and a big feeling
  • Consistent and accessible language to talk about mental health
  • An understanding of how to be a good listener

 

The childline video aims to help children understand and manage anxiety.

How to Cope with Anxiety | Childline

Worried about exams? Get information on the symptoms of anxiety, why you feel nervous and what you can do. Contact ChildLine online or call free on 0800 1111...

Mental Health Awareness week

  • Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020, and this year’s theme is kindness. Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, the week aims to raise awareness and to promote the message of good mental health for all.
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Kindness and mental health are deeply connected. At this difficult time, we want to celebrate the many examples of exceptional kindness we are seeing through our schools, as people go above and beyond to make a positive difference for the members of their school community.  

The place2be is encouraging children to create virtual kindness cups to celebrate acts of kindness in the family, amongst friends and in the wider community.

 

The Place2Be Kindness Cup toolkit contains:  

 

  • An editable certificate, so you can add the name of your special recipient
  • Kindness Cup graphics and GIFs – ready to be emailed, or shared on social media
  • A colouring-in sheet so children can design their own trophies at home
  • Ideas on how to make your own Kindness Cup if you don’t have a printer at home

Childline has a wealth of short videos centred around mental health that you could share with your child. There are also a wealth of online activities for children to access to support in the ‘Calm Zone’.

Place2Be Toolkit

 

Useful links to other organisations offering support and advice:

 

Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk

 

Depression Alliance www.depressionalliance.org

 

For general information and support:

 

www.youngminds.org.uk - champions young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

 

www.mind.org.uk - advice and support on mental health problems.

 

www.minded.org.uk - (e-learning)

 

www.time-to-change.org.uk - tackles the stigma of mental health.

 

www.rethink.org - challenges attitudes towards mental health.

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