What is Mental Health?
''Mental health is defined as 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 Organisation, 2014)
At Meadows Primary School and Nursery, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers).
We recognise that mental health and emotional wellbeing is just as important to our lives as physical health. 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.
We endeavour to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress. We aim to ensure that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it.
We also have a role in ensuring that children learn about: what they can do to maintain positive mental health; what affects their mental health; how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding
mental health issues and where they can go if they need help or support.
We take a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health, aiming to help children become more resilient, happy and successful and to work in a pro-active way to avoid problems
arising. We do this by:
Creating and applying consistent ethos, policies and behaviours that support mental health and resilience, and which everyone understands.
Helping children to develop social relationships, support each other and seek help when they need it.
Helping children to understand their emotions and feelings better.
Make children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries.
Promoting self-esteem and ensuring children understand their importance in the World.
Helping children to be resilient learners and to manage setbacks.
Teaching children social and emotional skills and an awareness of mental health.
Identifying children who have mental health challenges and planning support to meet their needs, including working with specialist services, parents and carers.
Supporting and training staff to develop their skills and their own resilience.
Developing an open culture where it’s normal to talk about mental health.
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or with the Inclusion Manager.
Parents and Carers - Parents or carers should approach their child/children’s class teacher if they have any mental health concerns. This will be shared with the Mental Health Leader
for assessment. In addition to offering universal support within school, we may also discuss with you additional support mechanisms available to you.
Useful information for parents around Mental Health & Wellbeing:
10 Keys to Happier Living
Get up & Go Booklet
Mental Health Parent Leaflet
Supporting Transgender Pupils
Wellbeing 5 Steps
You Need to Know Parents/Carers Guide