Well-being and Mental Health in School
Seaview Primary School and Nursery Unit value the wellbeing of all staff and students within their community. The school provides a wide range of support to promote the wellbeing of staff and students, including such activities as parent yoga, our extensive pastoral support, providing membership of Calm mindfulness app for all staff and students, weekly wellbeing drop in with our mental health lead, counselling sessions for staff, parents and students in need of expert support, and a mental health focus over a fortnight to raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of mental wellbeing during the school year.
If you Need Help with Child Mental Health
They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.
You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
NHS mental health services
Find local mental health services on the NHS website. http://www.nhs.uk
Childline Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.
Beat Provides helplines, self-help groups and online support to anyone affected by eating disorders.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677,
Youthline: 0808 801 0711,
Studentline: 0808 801 0811
The Samaritans The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.
NSPCC Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children.
Young Minds Young Minds has a Parent Helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person.
Youth Wellbeing Directory
Helps you find support for mental health and wellbeing of young people up to age 25 across the UK.
Free resource about mental health and addiction issues. It has advice and documents on issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar, eating disorders and coping.
Provides a comprehensive list of mental health helplines in the UK.
Mental Health Foundation This website offers a wide range of information about mental health issues.
Health Talk Online
Aims to provide balanced information about the experience of everyday life with a range of health conditions and issues, what to expect both physically and mentally, overcoming practical difficulties, making decisions about treatment and talking to health professionals.
YouthinMind is an online resource for information about mental health and offers brief assessments. It also provides links to other useful books, websites and services. http://youthinmind.info/py/yiminfo/
MENTAL HEALTH AWARD
The Department of Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health in schools and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils.
Established by Leeds Beckett University and social enterprise Minds Ahead, the mental health quality kitemark recognises schools that ensure the wellbeing of pupils and staff. The award ensures schools are using evidence-based approaches that align to professional and government guidelines. Utilising a developemental framework, which allows schools to evalutes current mental health practices, identify gaps, develop and strengthen these and work towards building an emottionally healthier environment. Through this process, schools commit to making mental health a strategic priority and developing a positive culture that promotes mental wellbeing for everyone.
It is a whole school award, which focusses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and students. The award has focus on changing the long-term culture of a school, and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
With this award we will demonstrate that we are committed to:
- Promoting mental health as part of school life
- Improving the emotional wellbeing of our staff and students
- Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
- Offering provision and interventions that matches the needs of our students and staff
- Engaging the whole-school community in importance of mental health awareness
- Capturing the views of parents, carers, students and staff on mental health issues
In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. In an average classroom three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures, we can promote a safe and stable environment for students affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health.
ICT and Well-Being
In Seaview, we try to encourage our staff and pupils to use ICT to support their personal well-being.
Cyber resilience is taught as part of the curriculum to promote an understanding of how to use applications safely and how to follow netiquette when using online technologies.
Digital Health is promoted through mindfulness, yoga, exercise applications. The school promotes the use of ICT during lessons to energise and motivate pupils to keep alert and healthy.