Wellbeing and Mental Health

Ambition

Our children’s emotional Wellbeing is extremely important to us, here at St Nicholas. Our aim is to empower our children the tools that they need to cope with a range of feelings. We want St Nicholas children to be successful, resilient learners, but it is equally important to us is that they are healthy and content children, both mentally and physically, and are able to approach any challenge with positivity.

 At St Nicholas C of E we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

 

Implementation

As part of our Wellbeing curriculum, the children take part in Wellbeing Wednesday’s where every class across the whole school engages in a short session based around mental health and Wellbeing. These weekly sessions are a part of our PSHE teaching and will cover progressive objectives from our Wellbeing curriculum, from exploring feelings and how to cope with them in Reception and Year 1, to acknowledging the effect of our choices on ourselves and others in Year 6.

Impact

Our aim is that, as a result of our Wellbeing curriculum, our children are becoming resilient, well rounded individuals who are able to access their emotions appropriately. They are increasingly having a deeper understanding of what Wellbeing is and how to keep healthy, both physically and mentally.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 10-16 May 2021. The theme is ‘Nature’.

Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems. It seeks to inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for everyone.

The theme this year is ‘Nature’. Having access to nature and being able to benefit from its many advantages is a key part of keeping good mental health. We’ve seen just how important nature is during the last year especially.

Have a look at the attached presentation at some of the things we will be doing in school, but also some ideas for you to do at home too!

Mental Health Awareness Week-Nature-May 2021

 

Within Wellbeing Wednesdays, we will be covering the 5 areas of Wellbeing – one each term across 5 terms:

Connect: Feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. Teach children to connect with each other; ask someone how they are. Connect with your feelings. Take a genuine interest in other people's Well-Being. Connect with local businesses, care homes, nurseries, other settings, secondary schools.

Be Active: Physical health has a direct link to mental health. Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Lower paced activities, like walking, have a positive impact on social skills whilst still exercising. Encourage physical activity: walking, jogging-the daily mile, play a new sport, yoga.

Take Notice: Take note of what is happening around us and how our actions and decisions affect others. Take notice of how you feel. Take notice of all of the emotions: how do they make us feel? Signs of emotions? How to get ourselves back to a calm state. Take notice of the environment and others around you.

Keep Learning: Learn something new (outside of our school curriculum) set yourself a goal and be aspirational. Setting goals has been associated with higher levels of Wellbeing. Dedicated time to research / learning something new. A New Learning Challenge e.g.: Sign language, knitting, a new sport etc.

Give: Participate in community life, help others and have a positive impact on your community. Link to a charity or environmental projects. Not just raising money; give your time, your understanding, your awareness. How can you give back to community?

In addition to our Wellbeing sessions, the children also attend a Wellbeing assembly every month, delivered by Mrs Spike, our Mental Health leader.

In addition to Wellbeing Wednesday’s, we have set up a Wellbeing lunchtime club with Mrs Spike. This club is a chance for children to drop in, talk to adults and peers about anything that is on their mind, but also to relax and socialise on a calmer level.

Mrs Spike also provides Wellbeing support for our parents. Plans are in place for a number of courses for parents to support them

Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.

Additional Support – For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.

Targeted Support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as Well-Being groups or personal mentors.

Mrs Spike: Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead and accredited Mental Health First Aider 

Miss Hall: Mental Health First Aider

Mrs Rozycki:  ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Mrs Payne: Social and Emotional Mentor

We all have times when we have low Mental Wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope.

There are some common life events that may affect you or your child's Mental Wellbeing:

  • Loss or bereavement.
  • Relationship problems.
  • Issues at school.
  • Worries about money.

 

Everyone deserves to feel good and there are steps you or your child can take to maintain and improve your Mental Wellbeing:

  • Build positive relationships.
  • Take time for yourself.
  • Look after your mental health.
  • Look after your physical health.

 

What can we do in school to gain Mental Well-Being?

  • Be open and talk about your feelings with your friends.
  • Associate yourself with positive people.
  • Join an afterschool club.
  • Speak to a member of staff.
  • Get physically active (a Healthy body and mind are closely linked).

A list of apps complied by Dorset Young Minds
http://dorsetmindyourhead.co.uk/minding-my-head/apps-for-wellbeing-and-mental-health

Stop, Breathe and Think App
https://www.stopbreathethink.com
Check in with how you're feeling and try short activities tuned to your emotions

Smiling Mind App
https://www.smilingmind.com.au
A great app with age specific mindfulness resources, including a new resource, 'Thrive Inside'.
Thrive Inside is a special program to help you stay psychologically healthy while you're spending extended periods of time at home.

Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness App
https://www.cosmickids.com
This app often has a two week trial available

https://www.stnicholashenstridge.co.uk/well-being-support-and-resources/

 

Parent leaflet- You're never too young to talk mental health