Mental health and well-being is so important for everyone. We believe that paying more attention to the present moment - to your own thoughts & feelings as well as to the world around you - will have a positive impact on well-being.
This awareness is known as "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help us to enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. It is proven to improve a child's ability to focus and can be a great help in times of stress when used as a way to calm down.
We believe well being is all about our holistic health including physical and emotional.
At Claypole Church of England Primary School, we are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff to ensure that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive. Positive mental wellbeing is essential if children and young people are to flourish and lead fulfilling lives.
At our school, we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
Did you know?
Over 50% of mental illnesses start before the age of 14 and 1 in 10 children and young people has a mental health disorder (Public Mental Health, 2019). Recent survey results found that 12.5% (one in eight) of 5 to 19 year olds, surveyed in England in 2019, had a mental disorder (NHS, 2019). “Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community,” (World Health Organization, 2019).
Supporting Good Mental Health
Two key elements to support good mental health are:
Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. Children are taught when to seek help, what help is available, and the likely outcome of seeking support so that they have the confidence and knowledge for themselves or others. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health and how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues. As part of our targeted provision, we have and continue to access, outside help and support for pupils when required.
We believe that teaching about mental health and emotional well-being as part of a comprehensive PSHE, RSE & R-Time curriculum is vital. PSHE is central to the curriculum across the whole school and assists pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world, manage transitions and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities. The concepts covered in PSHE include keeping safe and managing risk, identity, equality, managing feelings and emotions, relationships, change, resilience and being healthy, which includes physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. We aim to promote pupils’ wellbeing through an understanding of their own and others’ emotions and the development of healthy coping strategies.
Good mental health and wellbeing is just as important as good physical health. Like physical health, mental health can range across a spectrum from healthy to unwell; it can fluctuate on a daily basis and change over time. Children at Claypole Church of England Primary School have two lessons of PE/Sport each week. A wide range of sport-related after school clubs are run by teachers and external coaches, whilst many of our children take part in inter-school sporting competitions and festivals which include an extensive range of sports and activities. Our young leaders (Pupil Parliament, Sports Ambassadors & Playground Leaders) are excellent at organising activities and games during play times to encourage higher levels of physical activity and promote inclusion.
Levels of Support
We have also found some resources for you to share that may help your child to explore their feelings with you.
'Healthy Minds Lincolnshire' is a children and young people’s emotional wellbeing service - for further information please visit their website www.lpft.nhs.uk/young-people
If you have any queries/concerns regarding a child or young person open to our service in your care, please contact your General Practitioner, between the hours of 9am to 5pm, on the relevant team numbers below:
Grantham: 01476 858277 Lincoln: 01522 421699 Boston: 01205 446949 Horncastle: 01522 307366.
If you are wishing to contact 'Healthy Minds' regarding suitability for referral into the service of a child or young person in your care, please contact the Here4You line on: 0800 234 6342.
If medical attention is required, or young person cannot be kept safe, contact emergency services.