Community well-being is an important component of our school, and it is now more important than ever that we all encourage one another and take responsibility for looking after ourselves by following advice and getting additional support when necessary.
As a school, we place a high value on the positive emotional and mental health of our entire school community – students, families, and staff – and provide assistance to families in need.
We realise that our children’s educational, medical, and communication needs make them more vulnerable to mental health concerns and that they may be unable to recognise or explain these to others.
Mentally Healthy Schools is a free website for UK primary and secondary schools and further education settings, offering school staff information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.
One in 10 primary school children aged five to 10 has an identifiable mental health condition – that’s around three children in every class. Among this age group, boys are twice as likely as girls to have a mental health problem.
The move to secondary school sees an increase in the number of children struggling, with one in seven children aged 11 to 16 having an identifiable mental health condition. However, during these teen years, boys and girls are equally likely to be affected.
While more than half of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14, the factors that can put a child more at risk of developing a mental health problem can often be identified much earlier. If a child who is at risk isn’t given early support, they may go on to develop a mental health problem.
Early intervention is key to giving young people the best start in life. This website aims to give primary and secondary school staff the information and practical resources they need to best support pupils.
This is a two-week calendar with daily mindfulness activity suggestions. The simple, short activities encourage children to focus on what’s around them to find a sense of calm.