Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
5 WAYS TO WELLBEING
St John with St Michael C.E. Primary School believes mental health is just as important as physical health.
Looking after your own mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic can be stressful for adults as well as children. It is normal to feel worried, helpless or scared about the current situation. As a result, it is important that you look after your own mental health and wellbeing. There are many things that you can do to support and manage your own wellbeing at this time. Dr Russell Harris author of the Happiness Trap has produced a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Coronavirus pandemic, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy.
The steps in the process form the acronym FACE COVID:
F = Focus on what’s in your control
A = Acknowledge your thoughts & feelings
C = Come back into your body
E = Engage in what you’re doing
C = Committed action
O = Opening up
V = Values
I = Identify resources
D = Disinfect & distance
Toolkits and activities to further support can be downloaded from the bottom of this page, Take care of yourself and each other!
Teaching about Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
The skills, knowledge and understanding needed by our pupils to keep themselves and others physically and mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our developmental PSHE curriculum. The school's PSHE policy can be found HERE
The specific content of lessons will be determined by the specific needs of the cohort we’re teaching but there will always be an emphasis on enabling pupils to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding, language and confidence to seek help, as needed, for themselves or others. We will follow the PSHE Association Guidance to ensure that we teach mental health and emotional wellbeing issues in a safe and sensitive manner which helps rather than harms.
Promoting and Supporting Our Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. By promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, we aim to recognise and respond to need as it arises.
Our Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Policy can be found HERE
Should anyone in our school community have concerns about a their own or another's mental health, there is guidance and support available from our Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead, Miss Howard. Should you fear that someone in our school community is at risk of immediate harm, concerns should be directed to Mrs Garner, our Designated Safeguarding Officer.
School, in the first instance, can offer support for pupils who are having difficulties with an aim to avoid escalation of symptoms and reduce barriers to learning. We have a daily drop in at The Nest during break times if children wish to talk about anything which may be impacting on their emotional wellbeing. Consultation with parents will determine the child's need and should it be necessary, referrals to the relevent agencies will be made.