Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Northleigh we recognise that in order for children to flourish we need to consider, and be aware of, both physical and mental well being. We know that children who are experiencing challenges with their well being are less able to actively engage with their learning or with their peers. As a school, we promote well being through promoting opportunities to be physically active as well as supporting our children to be well being aware. Staff work closely with children and families and know them well so we can work together to smooth out the inevitable ups and downs they experience as they develop and grow.
In school all our staff have training in supporting children's emotional health. Our mental health well-being lead is Mrs Kerry who can be contacted via NPSOffice@metacademies.org.uk
At our school through our PSHE curriculum we:
help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
help children socially to form and maintain relationships
promote self-esteem and ensure children have a voice
encourage our children to be change makers
develop the crucial characteristics of brave, strong and fearless to encourage children to undertake challenge, overcome setbacks and develop resilience
Below are some useful links
Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.uk UK charity dedicated to finding and addressing the sources of mental health issues. Includes information, research, resources and an invaluable A–Z of mental health terms.
Heads Together www.headstogether.org.uk A campaign to end stigma around mental health spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing.
Place2Be www.place2be.org.uk Telephone: 0207 923 5500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Offers a range of counselling support for young people in schools helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.
YoungMinds www.youngminds.org.uk Telephone: 0808 802 5544 (weekdays 9:30am – 4pm) The UK’s leading charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers.
MindEd www.minded.org.uk Free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults. MindEd for Families has online advice and information from trusted sources and will help you to understand and identify early issues and best support your child. Also includes e-learning resources for professionals and volunteers.
ChildLine www.childLine.org.uk Telephone: 0800 1111 Counselling service for parents, children and young people. It also offers multilingual services to South Asian communities living in the UK. Languages include Bengali/Sylheti, Gujurati, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and English. Help and advice is free and confidential.