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Mental Health & Wellbeing  

At. St. Anselm's Primary School, we are committed to supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of our whole community of children, staff, parents and carers.

 

Our ethos is supportive, caring and respectful.  We understand how important positive mental health and well-being are to our lives.  We recognise that children's mental health is vital to their overall well-being and how it can affect their learning and achievements.  Our school encourages children to be open, and we support all children to have their voices heard.

 

The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that "to help their children succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy".  Our school is a place for children to experience a nurturing and supportive environment.  We support the children to develop their self-esteem and build resilience.  We understand all children and their families go through ups and downs, and some face significant life events.

 

In 2017, research (Mental Health of Children and Young People in England) found that "one in eight 5 to 19-year olds had at least one mental disorder".  We know that anyone in our community may need additional emotional support to cope with life's challenges.

 

Our culture of nurturing children and building resilience to mental health problems means our school is a safe place where:

  • Every child feels valued
  • Every child has a sense of belonging
  • Every child feels able to talk openly with trusted members of staff about their problems
  • Positive mental health is promoted
  • Bullying is not tolerated

 

We recognise the importance of supporting positive mental health and well-being in the whole school community.

 

We recognise that mental health and well-being are not simply the absence of mental health problems.  We know that building, children's confidence and self-esteem in a safe environment are virtual to positive mental health and successful learning outcomes.

 

At our school, we want all children to:

  • Understand their emotions and experiences.
  • Form and maintain friendships and relationships
  • be able to express a range of emotions appropriately
  • Develop resilience and cope with setbacks
  • Manage the stresses of everyday life and be able to deal with change
  • Learn and achieve

 

We maintain a mentally healthy environment for pupils and staff by:

  • Promoting our school rules and values, and encouraging a sense of belonging and community
  • Providing opportunities to develop self-worth
  • Valuing each pupil for who they are
  • Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
  • Supporting our children to have their say and participate in decision-making
  • Raising awareness amongst staff about early warning signs and symptoms of mental health issues
  • Supporting staff who are struggling with their mental health problems

 

Lead Staff Members to contact if you are concerned about your Child's Mental Health:

Deacon Tito - Designated Child Protection/Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Eileen Dhak - Senior Lead for Mental Health & Wellbeing and Mental Health First Aider

Mrs Dawn Whitehouse- SENDco

 

St. Anselm's Primary Mental Health & Wellbeing Newsletters:

Year 6 Transition Poetry- Supported by the Catholic Children Society

Useful Leaflets

 

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