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:
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.
The Talking Mental Health animation aims to give children:
The childline video aims to help children understand and manage anxiety.
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:
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’.
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.