Mental Health and Well Being
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Positive mental health is the foundation on which each of us can live healthier lives. With good mental health we are more likely to be motivated and engaged in our learning, realise and achieve our potential, choose healthier lifestyles, engage in all the world has to offer, shout out when abuse is occurring, seek help when times are tough and recover a sense of wellbeing and achievement following traumatic experiences.
In addition to supporting our pupils, the philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff has suggested that the ultimate goal for Christian educators should be to seek ‘shalom’. ‘Shalom’ is a biblical vision of what God wants for humans and can be defined as flourishing in the enjoyment of relationships: with self, others, creation and with God. Therefore, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff, parents, pupil body and community. We pursue this aim through our Christian vision:
'For everyone to ‘motivate one another’ and become agents of change ‘through acts of love and good works’. ‘And let us not neglect meeting together’ (Hebrews 10 24-25) as our community is central to enabling everyone to thrive and achieve their God given potential.'
We will also adopt whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils.
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Strategies we use in school for pupils
-Providing pupils with as many opportunities as we can to talk about their feelings through:
-Coco (our school dog) comes into school each week and works with every class in school;
-wellbeing areas in each classroom;
-Worry Monsters in classrooms;
-yoga and relaxation activities;
-character education and the star board;
- mental health and wellbeing incorporated into PHSE curriculum (From September 2017);
-Mental health awareness weeks;
-mental health and wellbeing lead nominated, Mrs Coils;
-pupil voice questionnaires and
-mental health training offered to all staff;
-mental health and well-being policy introduced.
-Shout out board for pupils and staff.
Research that has informed our practice:
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Guidance (Mental Health and Wellbeing: Towards a Whole School Approach).
- SIAMS Inspection Framework September 2018.
- https://www.place2be.org.uk/ Place 2Be Charity